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March 15, 2022

British Airways, Heathrow Airport ditch face masks

London’s Heathrow Airport, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways are dropping mask requirements as the country scraps remaining Covid-19 travel curbs.

Masks will no longer be needed in Heathrow terminals, rail stations or office buildings from Wednesday March 16, the airport said in a statement. British Airways and Virgin will also drop face-covering requirements on flights to destinations where their use is no longer mandated.

The airlines’ move follows a recent decision by the UK government to lift all coronavirus restrictions as part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to get the country to learn to live with the coronavirus.

British airline Jet2 was the first UK carrier to scrap mandatory face masks for passengers following the easing of laws, declaring it was “no longer a legal requirement to wear a face mask at our airports or onboard our planes.”

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SkyWest Barred from Dropping Regional Flights in Underserved Communities

The U.S. Department of Transportation is preventing SkyWest Airlines from cutting 29 cities from their network unless a replacement carrier can be identified.

A regional airline subcontracting for four major U.S. airlines will not be allowed to cut routes to a group of small communities under the federal subsidy program.

Reuters reports SkyWest will need to maintain routes to 29 cities throughout Summer 2022 unless another airline can be identified to replace those flights.

Under the plan proposed by SkyWest, the 29 communities slated to lose their service includes Decatur Airport (DEC) in Illinois, Sioux Gateway Airport (SUX) in Sioux City, Missouri, and Eau Claire Chippewa Valley Regional Airport (EAU) in Wisconsin. Under the federal Essential Air Service subsidy program, the carriers reportedly earn $3 million in government funds to maintain essential service to each of the airports.

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Qantas woos business flyers with lower fares, more points, Gold status

While Qantas historically commands the larger share of Australia’s business travel market, the Flying Kangaroo is sweetening the pot with an overhaul of its Qantas Business Rewards program.

Individuals who book travel through their company’s QBR account will pick up an 250 Qantas Points ‘flyer bonus’ for themselves, on top of the points and status credits they’d usually earn.

The number of company-wide points needed to step up through QBR’s three membership levels, each with its own set of benefits, has also been significantly reduced by 20-25%.

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Do Delta Credit Cards Have Rental Car Insurance?

Imagine driving down a South African freeway, seeing grilled corn sold by local women on the side of the road and deciding to stop to get some because it looks delicious. You make a U-turn, and suddenly BAM! Another car full of family members slams into yours because the driver didn’t notice your turn signal.

While you make sure everyone is all right and wait for the police, you think to yourself, “Oh my goodness! It’s a good thing I have collision damage insurance on my credit card.”

Accidents can happen anywhere — and that was a true story, by the way. Luckily, everyone was fine and both cars were in drivable condition … just seriously damaged.

To avoid being on the hook for thousands of dollars in rental car repair costs, make sure to use a credit card that offers insurance to pay for your rental. Whether it’s just a fender bender or a total loss, you may be covered. Here, we’ll look at Delta credit card rental car insurance coverage in particular.

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Qantas reopens Sydney, Melbourne first class lounges

First class travellers, Platinum-grade frequent flyers and Chairman’s Lounge members, rejoice: the chic Qantas First Lounges at Sydney and Melbourne are bouncing back to their pre-pandemic greatness.

Yes, these flagship lounges have been open since November 2021, but in the watered-down guide of hybrid First/Business ‘premium lounges’ which also welcomed business class passengers, Gold frequent flyer and Qantas Club members while the Qantas International Business lounges were closed.

But those business class lounges are reopening as of March 27, which means the first class lounges are set free to soar once more as an exclusive domain of high flyers.

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Two South Korean airlines temporarily suspend flights to Russia

South Korea's two major airlines announced on Tuesday that their flights to Russia will be suspended until the end of April due to security and safety concerns, local media reported.

State-run Korean Air said it is temporarily suspending passenger flights to Moscow and Vladivostok, as well as cargo flights to Europe via Moscow, until the end of next month, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing an airline statement.

The decision would also have an impact on its routes to the US, UK, EU, and Canada as it will now reroute its flights that would take up to three hours longer time, it added.

Meanwhile, South Korea's second major airline, Air Busan Co, a subsidiary of Asiana Airlines, has also suspended six flights on the Incheon-Vladivostok route from March 19 to April 15 because of the current security situation.

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WestJet reinstates routes to Europe and Atlantic Canada

Canada’s WestJet is reinstating numerous domestic and international routes ahead of the “highly anticipated” summer holiday travel season.

The Calgary-headquartered company says on 14 March it plans to fly 94% of its pre-pandemic schedule in the coming months, with more than 600 daily departures.

“The aviation industry is a formidable economic engine and the investments we have made across Canada and internationally affirm our commitment to restoring connectivity across our expansive global network, while doing our part to expedite Canada’s economic recovery,” says John Weatherill, the airline’s chief commercial officer.

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