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What ETOA says about new UK travel rules and the Global Travel Taskforce Aviation Feature, Aviation News

What ETOA says about new UK travel rules and the Global Travel Taskforce 1

Setting up a traffic light system of green, amber, and red will be used to identify the travel and health risk of countries.With vaccines continuing to roll out, COVID testing will remain an essential part of protecting public health as restrictions begin to ease.The permission to travel form will be removed, meaning passengers will no longer need to prove they have a valid reason to leave the country.

The Global Travel Taskforce is an advisory body of the government of the United Kingdom. Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps announced the formation of the group on October 7, 2020 as a cross-government response to an identified need to enable the safe and sustainable recovery of international travel and to introduce a COVID-19 testing system for travelers visiting the UK.
In February 2021, the Prime Minister asked the Secretary of State for Transport to convene a successor to the Global Travel Taskforce, building on the recommendations set out in November 2020 to develop a framework for a safe and sustainable return to international travel when the time is right.

Traffic Light System
A traffic light system, which will categorize countries based on risk alongside the restrictions required for travel, will be set up to protect the public and the vaccine rollout from international COVID-19 variants.
Key factors in the assessment will include:
the percentage of their population that have been vaccinatedthe rate of infectionthe prevalence of variants of concernthe country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing
The traffic light system will work this way:

Green: arrivals will need to take a pre-departure test as well as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on or before day 2 of their arrival back into the UK – but will not need to quarantine on return (unless they receive a positive result) or take any additional tests, halving the cost of tests on their return from holiday.
Amber: arrivals will need to quarantine for a period of 10 days and take a pre-departure test, and a PCR test on day 2 and day 8 with the option for Test to Release on day 5 to end self-isolation early.
Red: arrivals will be subject to restrictions currently in place for red list countries which include a 10-day stay in a managed quarantine hotel, pre-departure testing and PCR testing on day 2 and 8.

Aeroflot’s inaugural flight touches down in Seychelles Aviation Feature, Aviation News

Aeroflot’s inaugural flight touches down in Seychelles 2

hailed as the great come-back after a 17-year hiatus from the islands.Plane welcomed with water canon salute, musicians, dancers, and entertainment.Flight opens the way to twice-weekly flights between the two countries, and Russian travelers will now be able to fly non-stop to the island destination.

The inaugural eight-hour 35 minutes flight was hailed as the ‘great come-back’ as Aeroflot is returning to the islands after 17 years.
The flight was greeted on arrival by the Seychelles’ Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Sylvestre Radegonde, Minister of Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Anthony Derjacques and other officials from the tourism and aviation fields.

A total 402 passengers disembarked to a typical Creole ambience as local musicians and dancers provided lively entertainment, after the plane had gone through the symbolic water canon salute.
The landmark flight opens the way to twice-weekly flights between the two countries, and Russian travelers will now be able to fly non-stop to the island destination.
The return flight will now leave Mahé tonight at 11.05 p.m. with a flying time of 8 hours 50 minutes. Following the official cutting of ribbons, Minister Radegonde expressed his delight at Aeroflot for coming back and re-establishing air links between the two countries.
He saluted the airline for this great show of confidence in the destination during a time that had seen innumerable route cuts in the industry.

“The resumption of direct flights from Moscow to Victoria testifies to the confidence of the Russian national carrier in our tourism industry. Seychelles is a much sought-after destination in Russia and in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The Russian market has always been a profitable one for Seychelles, featuring in the top 7 destinations every year. It is a high-yield market, with an average stay of 9 to 13 nights. But visitor arrivals have been impeded by the lack of direct flights from Moscow, “he said. 
Minister Radegonde described the touching down of the aircraft as a beautiful and joyous moment for the country, adding the return of the flight will help in the recovery of the Seychelles tourism industry.
Minister Radegonde noted that the Russian market was a profitable one and said the direct flight will help to accelerate and grow it further. 
 “With the introduction of twice-weekly flights by Aeroflot, I am hopeful that we can not only reclaim, but increase, our share of the Russian and the CIS market. It is within our ability to do so. We can do it if we all work together as a team – government and the private sector together.” 
Aeroflot now joins four other airlines, which have resumed flights to Seychelles, whereas six others are expected back between April and October 2021.
Aeroflot also expressed their joy to be back on the Seychelles’ route. 
 “We are very proud to be the very first European airline to come back to Seychelles in 2021 with a regular service between Moscow and Mahé, which is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque and authentic travel destinations across the globe,” said the airline’s Marketing Director, Anton Myagkov.
 “The new Seychelles’ service truly highlights Aeroflot’s extensive route network. As a global full-service airline, we perfectly match our premium onboard product and in-flight service with the exclusive touristic product of the Seychelles islands.”
Mr. Myagkov added that the current passengers’ demand for this service already exceeds all their expectations, causing a sellout of the first flight in just a few days. “This has enabled Aeroflot to increase the operating frequency to two flights per week starting from Sunday 09th April,” he said.
Commenting on the new flight, the Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Sherin Francis, also present to welcome the Aeroflot flight, said the news of the return of Aeroflot has been met with much enthusiasm by the Seychelles trade.
“We are pleased to welcome back this new service to our shores. Russia is one of our top originating markets and we expect this new route and direct link to expand our reach in the market and that region,” she said.
She added that the increased seat capacity is significant and underlines the airline’s confidence in the Seychelles’ product, which is a highly sought-after destination.
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Seychelles welcomes Moscow flights to Mahe Aviation Feature, Aviation News

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Seychelles has welcomed the recent announcement of Aeroflot’s launch of flights from Moscow to Mahe, after the western Indian Ocean country reported the re-opening of its borders on March 25, 2021. This route was previously served from 1993 to October 2003 and linked the island destination to Russia’s capital city. Now, as from April 2, […]
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Clean Air in Hotel Rooms: How and Why Aviation Feature, Aviation News

Clean Air in Hotel Rooms: How and Why 8

In a World Tourism Network (WTN) event, Alan Wozniak of Pure Air, Juergen Steinmetz, and Dr. Peter Tarlow talk about the importance of clean air in hotel rooms especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Tarlow opened the discussion saying that the whole issue of pure air in hotel rooms, conference centers, or wherever people gather […]
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NDC: Helping or hindering travel industry recovery? Aviation Feature, Aviation News

NDC: Helping or hindering travel industry recovery? 9

Designed to transform the way air products are retailed to corporations and travelers, the New Distribution Capability (NDC) is to be a new standard that will allow airlines to personalize their offers and sell their ancillary products beyond their own websites. Is it working?
Continue reading NDC: Helping or hindering travel industry recovery? at eTurboNews | Trends | Travel News Online.

Thai Airlines Association names inaugural President Aviation Feature, Aviation News

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Along with organizing the association meeting to discuss guidelines and measures to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 situation, the Thai Airlines Association appointed its inaugural President, Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President of Bangkok Airways.
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Air Serbia and Swiss/Lufthansa airline executives: Leading an airline in 2021 Aviation Feature, Aviation News

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As COVID-19 vaccinations are being administered around the world, the hope for the return of travel and tourism looms on the horizon. The first step to kick starting travel will be through the airlines.
Continue reading Air Serbia and Swiss/Lufthansa airline executives: Leading an airline in 2021 at eTurboNews | Trends | Travel News Online.

No contaminated air warning sensors: FAA and EASA unconcerned? Aviation Feature, Aviation News

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Despite knowing about the effect of “bleed air” filters for decades and the potential for contaminated passenger cabin, aviation regulators around the world such as the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have, on this specific problem, put the corporate interests of the aerospace industry ahead of flight safety and public health, says GCAQE.
Continue reading No contaminated air warning sensors: FAA and EASA unconcerned? at eTurboNews | Trends | Travel News Online.