Europe’s COVID-19 setbacks risk another summer travel washout – SABC News

Europe’s airlines and travel sector are bracing for a second lost summer, with rebound hopes increasingly challenged by a hobbled COVID-19 vaccine rollout, resurgent infections and new lockdowns.

Airline and travel stocks fell on Friday after Paris and much of northern France shut down for a month, days after Italy introduced stiff business and movement curbs for most of the country including Rome and Milan.

The setbacks hit recovery prospects for the crucial peak season, whose profits typically tide airlines through winter, when most carriers lose money even in good times.

“If there’s no confidence there, demand just doesn’t come

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Meet the 22-year-old woman who is the youngest person to travel to all 197 countries in the world

Lexie Alford. Image via Instagram

  • By a show of hands, how many of us are waiting for the pandemic to be over so we can travel?
  • If you didn’t have anything interesting on your travelling list, this might just be the inspiration you need.
  • Meet Lexie Alford, from North California who was 21 by the time she had reached every corner of the globe and became a natural global citizen.

Most people don’t participate in social media challenges, but for once, there’s a challenge we would all like to be a part of, and that is to

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Airlines and countries extend travel bans on South Africa

UAE-based airline Emirates has announced that flights from South Africa will remain suspended until 20 March 2021.

This is in line with government directives that restrict the entry of travellers originating from South Africa into the UAE, the airline said in a notice published on its website.

Emirates said that daily passenger flights to Johannesburg will resume from 11 March as initially planned – however, outbound flights will remain suspended.

“Emirates remains committed to serving our customers in South Africa, and we look forward to resuming passenger services when conditions allow,” it said.

“We continue to work closely with all

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Hotel investor with $1bn bets on business travel rebound

Pent-up vacation demand has boosted investor demand for beach resorts and roadside hotels. That crowded wager is already pushing one investor to explore ways to bet on business travel.

Dreamscape Cos chief executive officer Eric Birnbaum said his firm, which has more than $1 billion to buy hotels, sees more opportunity to acquire lodging properties that cater to business clientele, despite corporate America’s hesitance to put workers back on the road.


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“Looking out into

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British Airways calls for vaccinated people to travel without restrictions

  • Sean Doyle, appointed BA’s chief executive last October, called on Britain to work with other governments to allow vaccines and health apps to open up travel.
  • Britain has rapidly rolled out vaccinations and 44% of the adult population, mostly people over 60, have now had their first shot.
  • The government has said any return to travel must be fair and not unduly disadvantage those who have not been vaccinated.

British Airways’s new boss said vaccinated people should be allowed to travel without restriction and non-vaccinated people with a negative Covid-19 test, as he set out his ideas for a

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UK’s updated ‘red list’ for travel causes more headaches for South Africans

The United Kingdom has added Ethiopia, Oman, Somalia and Qatar to its travel ‘red list’, to protect the country against new variants of Covid-19.

While South Africa remains on the original red list of countries, the update will cause additional headaches for travellers who were planning to fly to the UK indirectly through a connecting flight.

A BusinessTech reader indicated that he had to cancel his flight to the UK, which connected through Doha in Qatar, due to the new restrictions.

Visitors who have departed from or transited through these countries in the previous 10 days will be refused entry

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