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Airlines flex fares in Europe in Q4 to woo travellers

According to research undertaken by ForwardKeys, a leading travel analytics company, Europe’s airlines have been offering significantly discounted fares for the September to December in a bid to woo back travellers. An analysis of airfares from the four major northern European markets: France, Germany, Netherlands and UK for the four major southern European destinations: Greece, […]

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IATA Calls for Systematic COVID-19 Testing Before Departure

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for the development and deployment of rapid, accurate, affordable, easy-to-operate, scalable and systematic COVID-19 testing for all passengers before departure as an alternative to quarantine measures in order to re-establish global air connectivity. IATA will work through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and with health authorities to […]

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Experts recommend heightened protocols for the healthy return of sailing

New recommendations from a panel of globally recognized medical and scientific experts say that by relentlessly focusing on prevention and other measures – including the testing of guests and crew members – public health risks associated with the pandemic can be mitigated in a cruise ship environment. The Healthy Sail Panel submitted its recommendations today […]

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Tourism will never look the same | Skyscanner publishes new trends report

Leading travel company Skyscanner has today released a new report for Tourism, titled “The New World of Travel”. Moshe Rafiah, Skyscanner’s CEO said of the report’s publication; “Where they are able and willing, travellers are pioneering new ways to explore the world. Whether it’s shortening the timeframe in which they plan and take a trip, tackling complex risk assessments before deciding to travel, or expecting previously […]

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International tourist numbers down 65% in first half of 2020, UNWTO reports

International tourist arrivals plunged 93% in June when compared to 2019, with the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) showing the severe impact COVID-19 has had on the sector. According to the new issue of the World Tourism Barometer from the United Nations specialized agency, international tourist arrivals dropped by 65% during the […]

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EUROCONTROL has revised downwards its Draft Traffic Scenarios up to February 2021

EUROCONTROL has revised downwards its Draft Traffic Scenarios up to February 2021. Under its new “Current Status Scenario”, the total number of flights expected in Europe is anticipated to be 55% lower than in 2019, a drop of 6 million fewer flights, or a further 1 million reduction in European flights than previously anticipated. “We’re […]

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UNWTO highlights potential of domestic Tourism to help drive economic recovery in destinations worldwide

As restrictions on travel begin to ease globally, destinations around the world are focusing on growing domestic Tourism, with many offering incentives to encourage people to explore their own countries. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), with domestic tourism set to return faster than international travel, this represents an opportunity for both developed and […]

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UNWTO: More than 50% of global destinations are easing travel restrictions – but caution remains

A majority of destinations around the world (53%) have now started easing travel restrictions introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though many remain cautious in view of the development of the pandemic, the seventh edition of the UNWTO “COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions: A Global Review for Tourism” confirms the ongoing trend towards the gradual […]

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IATA: Sluggish Improvement in Passenger Demand Continues in July

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger demand in July (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs), continued at critically low levels–79.8% below July 2019 levels. This was somewhat better than the 86.6% year-over-year decline recorded in June, primarily driven by domestic markets, most notably Russia and China. Market reopening in the Schengen […]

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Athens International Airport: Large reduction of passengers in August

August was yet another month substantially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and its impact on air travel. As a result, the airport’s passenger traffic was below the respective 2019 levels by 60.4% and amounting to 1.2 million passengers, approximately. Both domestic and international passenger traffic were sharply reduced, by 47% and 66.2%, respectively. Overall, […]

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