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UK extends international flight ban through May

UK extends international flight ban through MayLONDON - International travel from England will be banned until May 17 at the earliest, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday, prolonging the pain for airlines, airports and holiday companies. Vaccinated passengers will enjoy travel priviliges once international immigration restrictions are lifted.
Brexit
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British charter airlines miss out on EU flights

British charter airlines miss out on EU flightsLONDON - UK charter and freight airlines face Brexit headaches as EU rivals snap away lucrative business. Permits for ad hoc flights between UK and EU - a standard requirement under post-Brexit regulation - are issued faster by UK authorities than EU counterparts putting UK back-up airlines in disadvantage.
Virus variants
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UK mulls tougher testing for international arrivals

UK mulls tougher testing for international arrivalsLONDON - Britain is looking at greater testing of all people who have arrived from abroad while they are self-isolating to defend against new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19, a minister said. ITV reported that all international arrivals would have to be tested for
COVID-19 on the second and eighth days of their self-isolation.
Busiest route shut down
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UK bans direct flights from UAE

UK bans direct flights from UAELONDON - Britain is banning direct passenger flights to and from the United Arab Emirates from Friday, shutting down the world's busiest international airline route from Dubai to London. Connecting traffic to Asia and Australia concentrates on hubs of Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines in Doha and Singapore.
Covid-19
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UK to close borders for 22 countries

UK to close borders for 22 countriesLONDON - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson indicated on Wednesday the Covid-19 lockdown in England would last until March 8 when schools could start to reopen as he said some travellers to Britain would have to quarantine in government-provided hotels. Borders will be closed for 22 countries.
United States
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Biden to tighten immigration restrictions

Biden to tighten immigration restrictionsWASHINGTON - President Joe Biden will impose a ban on most non-U.S. citizens entering the country who have recently been in South Africa starting Saturday in a bid to contain the spread of a new variant of Covid-19, a senior U.S. public health official told Reuters. The European travel ban is upheld.
Sovereignty claim
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Argentina hails Lufthansa Falklands travel request

Argentina hails Lufthansa Falklands travel request BUENOS AIRES - The German airline Lufthansa has asked the Argentine government for permission to overfly its country en route to the Falklands, Argentina said on Thursday, adding that the request implies recognition of Falklands "as part of Argentine territory," the Foreign Ministry said.
Airlines, airports, manufacturers
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Britain's aviation scene asks for government help

Britain's aviation scene asks for government helpLONDON - Britain's airlines, airports and aviation manufacturers pleaded for immediate financial support from the government to "protect companies" and a longer-term recovery plan after the most recent Covid-19 outbreak stopped travel and new testing requirements dashed bounce-back hopes.
United States
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Biden to block plan to lift European travel restrictions

Biden to block plan to lift European travel restrictionsWASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to quickly extend travel restrictions barring travel by most people who have recently been in much of Europe and Brazil soon after President Donald Trump lifted those requirements effective Jan. 26, a spokeswoman for Biden said.
Covid-19
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Canada to allow British flights back in

Canada to allow British flights back inMONTREAL - Canada did not extend a ban on flights from Britain after it expired on Wednesday because new measures to fight the coronavirus have made it unnecessary, Transport Minister Marc Garneau told reporters. Passengers still have to produce a recent negative Covid-19 test certificate to fly to Canada.
Gulf Summit
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Saudi Arabia to reopen airspace to Qatar Airways

Saudi Arabia to reopen airspace to Qatar AirwaysRIYADH - Breakthrough: Saudi Arabia will reopen its airspace and land and sea border to Qatar as of Monday, Kuwait's foreign minister said in televised comments, citing a deal towards resolving a political dispute that led Riyadh and its allies to impose a boycott on Qatar.
Brexit
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Gibraltar airport remains in Schengen Area

Gibraltar airport remains in Schengen Area MADRID - Spain and Britain reached a preliminary agreement to keep the Gibraltar border open, just hours before full Brexit. As part of the agreement, Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory located on Spain's southern tip, will remain part of European Union agreements such as the Schengen Area.
Aircraft subsidies
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U.S. slaps European aircraft parts with tariffs

U.S. slaps European aircraft parts with tariffsWASHINGTON - The U.S. government on Wednesday said it would raise tariffs on certain European Union products, including aircraft components and wines from France and Germany, the latest twist in a 16-year battle over aircraft subsidies between Washington and Brussels.
IAG
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Brexit clouds airline ownership

Brexit clouds airline ownershipPARIS - Brexit worries - even with a deal: Spain, Ireland and Hungary have tried and failed to loosen EU airline ownership rules in a draft aviation deal with the UK, two people with knowledge of the matter said, out of concern about Brexit's impact on British Airways owner IAG, Ryanair and Wizz Air.
New coronavirus strain
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China to suspend UK flights indefinitely

China to suspend UK flights indefinitelyBEIJING - China will suspend direct flights to and from Britain indefinitely over fears of a new strain of the coronavirus, Wang Wenbin, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday. "After much consideration, China has decided to take reference from other countries and suspend flights to and from UK," Wang told reporters.
Covid-19
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U.S. will not impose screenings for flights from Britain

U.S. will not impose screenings for flights from BritainCHICAGO - The U.S. government does not intend to impose Covid-19 screenings for passengers traveling from Britain after the emergence of a highly infectious new coronavirus variant there, people briefed on the decision said. Canada will apply "advanced measures" on international travellers.
Regulatory spat
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Ryanair cancels several UK routes

Ryanair cancels several UK routesDUBLIN - Ryanair Holdings cancelled 12 international and domestic United Kingdom routes on Monday due to what it called a sudden change of Brexit-related policy by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), a charge the regulator rejected. The spat concerns registration of foreign aircraft for operation within the UK.
New coronavirus strain
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Netherlands ban flights from UK

Netherlands ban flights from UKAMSTERDAM - The Netherlands will ban flights carrying passengers from the UK from Sunday as Britain detected a new coronavirus strain. A travel ban will remain in place until Jan. 1, the government said in a statement Sunday, adding that it is monitoring developments and is considering additional measures.
Airlines
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Wizz Air blasts slot waiver limiting Gatwick access

Wizz Air blasts slot waiver limiting Gatwick accessPARIS - Low-cost carrier Wizz Air is seeking a bigger foothold at London Gatwick, but its ambitions may be hampered if regulators extend a freeze on airport slots in response to the coronavirus crisis, Chief Executive Jozsef Varadi said. Industry body IATA warned of airline networks to "crumble", if current exemptions expire.
CAA
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UK aviation regulator "extremely active" to mitigate Brexit risks

UK aviation regulator LONDON - Britain's Civil Aviation Authority said on Thursday it was working hard to mitigate the risks faced by the country's aviation industry once the Brexit transition period with the European Union ends at the end of this year. The CAA, Britain's aviation regulator, will take on new responsibilities in January.

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