An overview of what has happened during the week in the travel industry.
Travel industry news 3rd week July
Large crowds gathering at some airports
Over the past week, at many airports large queues have been reported, either to enter the airport, at check in, while boarding or at security. Apparently social distancing was not possible at all. The most severe pictures could be seen on Twitter at Milan Malpensa and Heathrow Terminal 5.
Australia charging 3000AUD for 14-day quarantine
PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) banned in Europe and the United States
PIA has been banned for flights in the US and Europe due to fake licenses or inaccuracies with pilot licenses of a third of the crew staff.
Canada- US border closure extended until August 21
The US and Canada extended the land border closure for non-essential traffic until at least August 21. Probably the border will remain closed even longer considering the current Covid-19 situation in North America.
Miles & More cancelled many award tickets
It seems that there has been some sort of glitch in the Lufthansa Miles & More IT system, as mass cancellation of award tickets happened without notice to the customers. If you have an award ticket with them, you best check your flights online.
Alaska Airlines to join oneworld already in 2020
Alaska Airlines is a standalone airline and has some code share agreements. However, due to the current situation they plan to already fully integrate into oneworld not later than end of this year.
American Airlines and JetBlue announce partnership
American Airlines and JetBlue announced a partnership. They agreed on code share flights for some international destinations from the East Coast of the US.
British Airways retires all of its B747
British Airways announced that they will, affect immediately, retire all of its B747. Read more about that here.