Airports and Airlines call for EU Covid Travel Restrictions to be dropped, MORE… – SGF News

March 11, 2022

Airports and Airlines call for all intra-EU Covid Travel Restrictions to be dropped

ACI EUROPE (Airports Council International) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for all remaining COVID restrictions applying to intra-EU and Schengen area travel to be dropped, including all testing requirements, the need to present proof of vaccination, or complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF). This includes dropping mask-wearing for travel within or between States where it is no longer required in other indoor environments.

COVID-19, and specifically the Omicron variant, is now pervasive throughout all of Europe, and population immunity is at such levels that the risk of hospitalization or death has dramatically reduced, especially for vaccinated people. States are adopting surveillance strategies to ensure public health, in the same way as they do for other coronaviruses and infectious diseases.

Many European states have lifted domestic COVID restrictions, such as the need to provide health credentials to enter social events, or the requirement to wear masks in public spaces. Contact tracing efforts are also being stood down, rendering PLFs for international travel redundant. As European countries open up and remove restrictions, it is only logical to remove similar restrictions from air transport.


5 Tips for Buying the Best Luggage for Air Travel, According to an Airline Employee

WHEN IT COMES TO LUGGAGE, you have a lot of choices. And if we’re being honest, mishandling luggage is all too common. So whether you’re a frequent flyer or a first time traveler, it’s important to know if you’ve picked out the best luggage.

TikToker Megan Homme, a travel influencer, posted a video explaining her five most important tips for being the perfect suitcase for airline travel.


5 huge credit card sign-up bonuses disappear on March 14...

Chase and Capital One appear to have picked the exact same time to simultaneously yank some of the most valuable welcome bonuses we've seen all year. Monday, March 14, 2022, is the magic date.

Whether you're interested in thousands of dollars in cash back, BOGO airfare, or lots of free hotel stays, one (or more) of the below cards likely fits your travel style. Here's a quick rundown of offers that are disappearing after the weekend.


Ryanair cancels thousands of flights to Portugal affecting nearly one million passengers

Ryanair has been forced to cancel 5,000 flights to Portugal for summer 2022 following a dispute over landing slots at Lisbon airport.

The budget carrier has cut the number of aircraft based at the Portuguese capital from seven to four, which means that thousands of flights including routes from Birmingham and Bournemouth have been cancelled.

It's estimated that the move will affect 900,000 passengers, as 19 routes have been cut from the Ryanair schedule. (You can see the full list below).


Avianca commits to order for 88+50 A320neo Family jets

Avianca Holdings has confirmed its pre-existing commitment with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) for eighty-eight A320neo Family jets with options for fifty more. Deliveries will run from 2025 until 2031.

Though it did not delve into any specifics, court filings indicate that on March 3, the holding and Airbus signed an amended purchase agreement involving updated specifications for various aircraft model variants as well as certain customer options with respect to engines, updated base prices for aircraft and engines, and certain aircraft type conversion rights as well as flexibility with aircraft delivery dates.


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