Airlines, holiday companies ramp up pressure on Britain to ease travel rules

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LONDON, June 20 (Reuters) – Britain’s airlines and holiday companies are planning a “day of action” on Wednesday to ramp up pressure on the government to ease travel restrictions, with just weeks to go before the start of the peak summer season.

Travel companies, whose finances have been stretched to breaking point during the pandemic, are desperate to avoid another summer lost to COVID-19. But with Britain’s strict quarantine requirements still in place that now looks likely.

As the clock ticks down to July, Europe’s biggest airline Ryanair (RYA.I) and Manchester Airports Group on Thursday launched legal action to try

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Faced with travel ban, parents of US-bound Indian students prepare to say goodbye at the airport

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Last week, US minister counsellor for consular affairs Don Heflin announced the opening up of student visa appointments in India for those planning to join US universities in the Fall 2021 term. But along with that announcement, he added that parents of students who wanted to accompany them to the country on a visitors’ visas would not be granted visa interviews or be allowed to travel at present.
Tourist travel to the US from India remains prohibited under the proclamation by President Joe Biden which came into effect on May 4, 2021, in view of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis in
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As Europe travel reopens, airlines pounce with new flights

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Major airlines are racing to add new trans-Atlantic service now that tourist-reliant countries like Croatia, Greece, Iceland and Italy have started allowing visitors from the U.S. and other nations for the first time in a year.

Delta Air Lines started service to Reykjavik, Iceland from Boston on May 20. It then restarted nonstops to the Icelandic capital from Minneapolis a week later. Service from New York started May 1. United Airlines’ first service to Dubrovnik starts July 1 from its Newark, New Jersey hub. The airline plans to add July-October flights to Athens from Washington-Dulles next month on top of

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UK travel regulations: Why the ‘traffic light system’ has angered the travel industry

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(CNN) — “Are we following the data? It appears not,” read the subject line of the marketing email that landed in inboxes this month.

“How many Border Force officials does it take to process a fully immunized British subject returning from a country with no worse infection rates than the UK? Just the same as an unvaccinated passenger coming in from almost anywhere,” it continued.

It then included a table of Covid-19 caseloads and vaccination rates for five countries — Malta, USA, Canada, Portugal and Spain — all of which showed lower case rates than the UK.

It reads like
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Airbnb offers ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity to travel anywhere for a year

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In an effort to appeal to newly minted digital nomads, Airbnb is offering a dozen individuals the opportunity to travel the world for a year starting next month.

The company announced its Live Anywhere program this week, billing it as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make the world your home for a year.”

Twelve people, each allowed to bring three travel companions, will receive a year’s worth of free living accommodations and transportation allowance between $5,000 – $12,000 — depending on the number of companions — from Airbnb.

In exchange for the award that is roughly valued at $45,000, Airbnb is

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As vacations resume, here’s why you might want to pay a travel advisor

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Like much of the travel and hospitality industry, travel agents took a huge hit when the pandemic struck in March 2020.

However, after months of struggle and setbacks, a potential silver lining has emerged: Travel advisors’ effective advocacy for clients stranded or stymied during the global lockdown has now become perhaps their strongest selling point.

“The bottom line is that the adversity of the last 15 months is not without some value,” said James Ferrara, co-founder and president of the Delray Beach, Florida-based InteleTravel network of some 60,000 home-based travel advisors. “For us, it

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Delta variant concerns; Michigan, New Mexico set to lift restrictions

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The coronavirus pandemic continues to wane in many parts of the U.S., but the spread of the highly-contagious Delta variant among the unvaccinated could pose a new public health threat, warned President Joe Biden and the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.

During a coronavirus update with the press, Biden described the Delta variant as being “more easily transmissible, potentially deadlier and particularly dangerous for young people.” While Biden took a moment to acknowledge the “bright summer” that lies ahead for those who are vaccinated, he said there’s cause for concern for people living in

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Flight Attendants Are Burned Out As Passenger Violence Soars

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  • 7 flight attendants told Insider the rise in passenger violence has worsened their mental health.
  • Flight attendants said the aggression stems from a divisive political climate. 
  • Some flight attendants want airlines to offer free, on-demand mental health services.
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When Nas Lewis, a Chicago-based flight attendant, went to cut off an aggressive, intoxicated passenger from drinking more alcohol, he told her: “If I had a Black Lives Matter shirt on, this wouldn’t be a problem.”

Lewis, who is a woman of color, was taken aback and said she found the situation emotionally abusive. The

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Newlyweds travel across the country in a van after COVID-19 canceled their wedding

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Like many couples last year, Ben and Malory Landheer were forced to cancel their planned wedding and opt for a smaller, coronavirus-friendly ceremony instead. 

Though the pandemic ruined their plans, it also spurred the Charlotte, North Carolina couple to make some huge life changes, namely leaving their jobs, their apartment and their city to travel across the country in a van. 

“We both got COVID, our wedding got cancelled, our jobs intensified and we knew we didn’t want to live in Charlotte forever,” Malory, 25, told SWNS. “It was a lot of things happening all at once, and we wanted

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Delta Variant: What to Know For Summer Travel

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With vaccinations on the rise and mortality rates related to Covid-19 going down in Europe and other parts of the world, many people are making plans to travel this summer and beyond. But experts say the quickly circulating Delta variant is a new concern for travelers, particularly those who are unvaccinated.

The European Union said on June 18 that the United States would be added to its “safe list” of countries, a decision that should allow even unvaccinated visitors from the U.S. (who can provide proof of a negative coronavirus test) to enter its 27 member states for nonessential travel.

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