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Virgin Atlantic Files for Bankruptcy

Virgin Atlantic Files for Bankruptcy

Virgin Atlantic Airways filed for bankruptcy as the toll on airline amidst the coronavirus pandemic continued to grow.
The company protection filed from creditors under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, according to a court filing made in the Southern District of New York on Tuesday.
The company is 51% owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and 49% by Delta Air Lines.
Chapter 15 bankruptcyallows a foreign debtor to file for …

Coronavirus News: August 3 – Trump Opposes Mandatory Masks on Flights, One Airport Goes to the Dogs

Coronavirus News: August 3  – Trump Opposes Mandatory Masks on Flights, One Airport Goes to the Dogs

As the number of coronavirus cases crossed the 17.5 million mark worldwide, the Trump Administration came out against a measure under consideration in Congress that would make wearing masks mandatory on all U.S. passenger flights.  “This requirement is overly restrictive, and such decisions should be left to States, local governments, transportation systems, and public health leaders,” a spokesman said.
President Trump also rebuked Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute …

American Airlines Moves to Terminal 5 at London Heathrow

American Airlines Moves to Terminal 5 at London Heathrow

American Airlines announced it had moved its London Heathrow operations from where it was temporarily operating in Terminal 2 to Terminal 5, the British Airways’ terminal.
The airlines, which have a joint-venture agreement for transatlantic flights, offered the most flights between JFK and London’s Heathrow Airport of any airline or alliance prior to the start of the pandemic.
Previously, American had operated out of Terminal 3 but airport operator Heathrow Airport Holdings …

As Borders Reopen, EU Remains Closed to U.S. Visitors

As Borders Reopen, EU Remains Closed to U.S. Visitors

The European Union will allow visitors from 15 countries starting July 1 but will not admit those from the United States, Russia, or Brazil.
The list of approved countries included Australia, Canada and New Zealand, while travelers from China will be permitted if China reciprocates
Many view the decision as a strong rebuke of Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Admittance will be determined the traveler’s country of residence, not nationality, officials …

The Musical ‘Six’ to be Performed in Drive-In Spaces Across the U.K.

The Musical ‘Six’ to be Performed in Drive-In Spaces Across the U.K.

Centurion Award winner “Six” will become the first West End musical to return to the stage this summer, albeit in a very different fashion.  Because theaters in the United Kingdom remain closed during the pandemic, the show will perform at open-air sites with the audience seated in their vehicles,  in the manner of a drive-in theater.
Using two casts, “Six” will be performed in 12 open-air venues across Britain.  Each drive-in …

U.K. Plans Air Bridges with Many European Countries

U.K. Plans Air Bridges with Many European Countries

The United Kingdom plans to exempt travelers from multiple European countries from its 14-day self-quarantine rules come summer.  The exemption will come from so-called “air bridge” agreements with other countries that will allow travelers from the two countries to visit the other.
U.K. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that air bridges would only be formed with countries that have a coronavirus test and trace system that follows the same standards used …

Ireland to Quarantine Visitors from the U.K.

Ireland to Quarantine Visitors from the U.K.

Officials in Ireland said they plan to place a quarantine on British travelers come July because of the country’s “significantly poorer” response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The move comes as the country is removing restrictions from other countries starting next month.
Current rules call for visitors to Ireland to remain quarantined for 14 days as part of an effort to prevent the spread of the virus into the country.  Ireland has seen …