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Shanghai Dethrones London as World’s Most Connected City as Coronavirus Shakes Up International Travel

Shanghai Dethrones London as World’s Most Connected City as Coronavirus Shakes Up International Travel

Move over, London. The title of the world’s most connected city amidst the coronavirus pandemic is Shanghai, according to the International Air Transport Association.
A new report from IATA says that the number of cities connected directly by air service was 36% below pre-pandemic levels at the end of last month.
“The dramatic shift demonstrates the scale at which the world’s connectivity has been re-ordered over the last months,” said Sebastian Mikosz, a …

Park Hyatt Hotel to Open in London on the River Thames

Park Hyatt Hotel to Open in London on the River Thames

Hyatt Hotels announced plans for a Park Hyatt hotel to open in London early in the next decade.
The Park Hyatt London River Thames is slated to open in 2022 and will be incorporated into the Nine Elms, a new residential, commercial, and cultural quarter on the South Bank, directly opposite Westminster.
The hotelier said that it had been a longtime priority for it to open a Park Hyatt in the English …

American Airlines and British Airways Plan Three-Test Trial for U.S.-U.K. Flights

American Airlines and British Airways Plan Three-Test Trial for U.S.-U.K. Flights

American Airlines and British Airways announced a new and free  coronavirus testing program for passengers on flights linking the United States and United Kingdom.
The two carriers said they are working on a “combined effort to scientifically demonstrate how Covid-19 testing can reopen international travel and remove the need for passengers to quarantine on arrival.”
The program involves three coronavirus tests, namely one 72 hours prior to departure, one upon landing in …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 17: In U.S., Lockdowns from Atlantic to Pacific, U.K. PM in Quarantine

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 17: In U.S., Lockdowns from Atlantic to Pacific, U.K. PM in Quarantine

As infections soar from coast to coast in the United States, efforts to revive local economies have largely been put on hold.  New infections are mounting in many cases as fast as in the pandemic’s earliest days.
Early data shows that the coronavirus vaccine from pharmaceutical house Moderna is 94.5% effective.  Moderna is the second drugmaker to report an apparently successful vaccine: Pfizer last week said its vaccine was over 90% …

First ‘Covid-19-Free’ Flight Between New York and London Lands at Heathrow

First ‘Covid-19-Free’ Flight Between New York and London Lands at Heathrow

The first “Covid-19-free” flight between New York and London landed Tuesday morning at Heathrow Airport.  The flight was operated by United Airlines and every person on board took a rapid coronavirus test immediately prior to boarding and tested negative.
United Flight 14 left the gate at 7:14 p.m. local time and took off from Newark Liberty International Airport at 7:29 p.m.  The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner took just six hours and ten …

Hamsters Beware! Grocery Stores Across the Globe Begin to Ration Toilet Paper Purchases as Covid-19 Cases Surge

Supermarket chains in various parts of the world including the Austria, Germany, the United States, and Great Britain are reimposing limits on a variety of quarantine-preferred items such as toilet paper, paper towels, and disinfectant wipes.  The stores are attempting to avoid the pandemic-induced hoarding of such items that was rampant in the spring as the number of new daily coronavirus cases surges across the globe.
A headline in the Austrian …

United Airlines to Operate First Covid-19-Free Flight Between N.Y. and London on Monday

United Airlines to Operate First Covid-19-Free Flight Between N.Y. and London on Monday

United Airlines will operate its first coronavirus-free flight between New York and London on Monday.  The flight could be the first step in reopening what was once one of the busiest air corridors in the world before the pandemic.
The Chicago-based carrier last month announced plans to offer free coronavirus tests to passengers on one of its daily flights between the airline’s New York area hub and London as part of …