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Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 13: Britain Cancels Any Plans to Introduce Vaccine Passports

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 13: Britain Cancels Any Plans to Introduce Vaccine Passports

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to set forth his plans to manage the coronavirus pandemic in the winter months.  He will reportedly announce that his government will end plans to introduce vaccine passports and take steps to end some pandemic-era emergency powers.  The country is now facing a late summer surge, and the seven-day average of new cases was over 36,000 as of Saturday, the highest the country …

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 5: Heathrow Airport Presses UK Government Over Long Lines

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 5: Heathrow Airport Presses UK Government Over Long Lines

Photographs of long lines to enter the country at London’s Heathrow Airport surfaced on social media once again, and the airport put the blame on the British Border Force.
“We are very sorry that passengers faced unacceptable queuing times in immigration last night (Friday) due to too few Border Force officers on duty,” a the airport said in a statement the following morning.
“The Border Force were aware of the extra demand …

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 …

UK to Hang Up on Landline Phones in 2025

UK to Hang Up on Landline Phones in 2025

The traditional landline phone will be consigned to the rubbish bin by 2025, at least as far as telephone companies in the United Kingdom are concerned.
The move comes as the telecommunications industry wants to no longer have to maintain the cooper wires and switching gear required for landline phones and also wants to be able to offer more robust Internet services.
Telecommunication companies in Britain have told customers that they won’t …

Airlines Scramble to Reroute Flights Away from Afghan Airspace

Airlines Scramble to Reroute Flights Away from Afghan Airspace

Major airlines across the globe scrambled Tuesday to reroute flights in order to avoid Afghan airspace as the country fell to the Taliban.
The Taliban’s victory is disrupting flights to India, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates.
The changes came as chaotic scenes were unfolding at Hamid Karzai airport in Kabul, the country’s capital.
On Monday, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, and Flydubai all announced changes to flights to or over Afghanistan.
The disruptions in …

London’s Latest Tourist Attraction, the Marble Arch Mound, Closes Days After Opening

London’s Latest Tourist Attraction, the Marble Arch Mound, Closes Days After Opening

London officials had high hopes for the city’s latest tourist destination but their plans for the attraction seem to have all gone downhill.
The Marble Arch Mound, a temporary installation that opened this week, taking its name from one of the city’s most ironic landmarks, closed just days after opening, although officials said it would reopen.
“We’re very sorry that the Marble Arch Mound wasn’t ready for visitors when it opened earlier …

Coronavirus News Update – July 28: Vaccinated U.S. and EU Travelers Can Enter U.K. Without Requirement to Quarantine

Coronavirus News Update – July 28: Vaccinated U.S. and EU  Travelers Can Enter U.K. Without Requirement to Quarantine

Fully vaccinated individuals from the United States and the European Union will be able to enter England without facing a requirement to quarantine upon arrival, officials there announced. The new policy goes into effect August 2 and comes as the number of new coronavirus cases in Britain continues to decline.
“We’re helping reunite people living in the U.S. and European countries with their family and friends in U.K.,” said Transport Secretary …