As every Sunday, we will give you an overview of what has happened during the week in the travel industry.
Travel industry news 4th week May 2020
Countries start to reopen to tourists
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced to reopen Greece for tourist the 15th of June.
Iceland reopens its borders June 15, it will require all visitors to either take a COVID-19 test, agree to a two-week quarantine or present official documentation of a recent negative COVID-19 test.
Prime Minister Sanchez said: “I am announcing that from July, Spain will reopen for foreign tourism in conditions of safety”
Italy‘s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Thursday said it would open its borders to all EU countries, with no mandatory quarantine, on June 3.
EASA published Covid-19 health safety protocol
EASA has published guidelines to follow for the reopening of airports:
- Access to airport only for valid reasons
- Testing passengers in order to allow travelling/flying under “immunity passports” is not supported by the current scientific knowledge
- Physical distancing
- Passengers should wear masks
- Cleaning of trays should be intensified and hand-disinfectant placed at the exit of the security locations
- More buses for boarding and stricter boarding rules
- No queues in front of lavatories
- In order to avoid duplication, passengers arriving from EU/EEA flights that have been subject to screening at the departure airport should be exempted from entry screening in the arrival State
Air France removes A380 from their fleet
Initially scheduled by the end of 2022, the phase-out of Airbus A380 fleet fits in the Air France-KLM Group fleet simplification strategy of making the fleet more competitive, by continuing its transformation with more modern, high-performance aircraft with a significantly reduced environmental footprint. Airbus A380 will be replaced by new generation aircraft, including Airbus A350 and Boeing 787, whose deliveries are ongoing
Singapore to reopen airport for transit beginning of June
Singapore will gradually allow travelers to transit through Changi Airport from June 2nd, as it prepares to ease some COVID-19 restrictions and reopen its borders.