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Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 1: U.S. Plans Tougher Rules for Travelers Arriving from Foreign Countries

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 1: U.S. Plans Tougher Rules for Travelers Arriving from Foreign Countries

As the omicron “variant of concern” continues to take hold, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was considering tightening coronavirus testing requirements for travelers coming to the United States.  The new rules would mandate a Covid-19 test within 24 hours of boarding a flight to the United States and a second test within five days of arrival.  The current rules call for a test within 72 …

WestJet to Offer Dreamliner Service from Calgary to London

WestJet to Offer Dreamliner Service from Calgary to London

WestJet announced plans to launch new service between Calgary and London.
Flights would begin next spring.
“This is an important recovery milestone as we forge new connections between Canada and one of the world’s most sought after global hubs,” said the airline’s chief commercial officer, John Weatherill.
The low-cost Canadian carrier did not disclose the planned frequency of the service or any departure or arrival times in its announcement.
WestJet will operate the flights …

American Express Opens Centurion Lounge at London Heathrow

American Express Opens Centurion Lounge at London Heathrow

American Express, which first announced plans for a Centurion Lounge at London’s Heathrow Airport prior to the pandemic in December 2018, marked its opening on Tuesday.
The 7,000-square-foot (650-square-meter) Centurion Lounge in London is located in Terminal 3 after security.
Visitors to the lounge have access to a large dining area, bar, shower suites, restrooms, high-speed Wi-Fi, a spa, and private phone rooms. The menu is focused on food and drink representative …

JetBlue Launches New Service to London’s Gatwick Airport

JetBlue Launches New Service to London’s Gatwick Airport

On the heels of launching its first-ever transatlantic service, JetBlue Airways introduced its second such service, this from New York to London’s Gatwick Airport.  The New York-based carrier launched non-stop service to London from the Big Apple on August 11.
JetBlue is operating both London routes using Airbus A321LR aircraft, equipped with 24 seats in Mint, and 117 seats in economy.
The airline termed the feature in its A321LR business-class cabin and …

BA Reverses Course on Low-Cost Subsidiary at Gatwick

BA Reverses Course on Low-Cost Subsidiary at Gatwick

British Airways said it no longer plans to to relaunch short-haul flights from London’s Gatwick Airport.
The airline suspended the flights last year amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn in travel.
The carrier had planned to launch a new, low-cost and short-haul subsidiary but was unable to come to an agreement with the pilots’ union, Balpa.
A spokeswoman for the airline, who said that BA had lost money for years on Gatwick flights to …

BA May Fold Gatwick Flying Into Separate Low-Cost Operation

BA May Fold Gatwick Flying Into Separate Low-Cost Operation

British Airways, which ended all operations at London’s Gatwick Airport early in the pandemic in 2020, is in discussions about moving its short-haul Gatwick operations into a new subsidiary that could conceivably reduce costs and compete more effectively with low-cost carriers.
The British flag carrier has only restarted long-haul flights from Gatwick as of the present time.
The carrier confirmed to Frequent Business Traveler that it is in discussions with its unions …

JetBlue Inaugurates New York-London Service Despite Ongoing Pandemic

JetBlue Inaugurates New York-London Service Despite Ongoing Pandemic

JetBlue Airways operated its first flight from New York City to London Wednesday, as it attempts to build market share in one of the world’s busiest international routes by offering travelers lower fares than the incumbents.
The New York-London market is only partially open as the United States does not allow travelers from Britain to enter the United States amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, while the United Kingdom opened to fully …