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ANA Launches International Operations at Haneda’s Terminal 2

ANA Launches International Operations at Haneda’s Terminal 2

Although the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games have been postponed to next year, Haneda Airport began international operations at Terminal 2, which previously only served domestic flights.
All Nippon Airways, which operates out of Terminals 2 and 3 at Haneda, made significant improvements to the terminal, including the addition of customs, immigration, and quarantine space as part of the city’s plans to prepare for travelers arriving for the Olympics.
The airline said …

2020 Tokyo Olympic Games May Be Postponed to 2021

2020 Tokyo Olympic Games May Be Postponed to 2021

Postponing the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games may be a foregone conclusion said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday.
The prime minister said that this may be a necessary step if the games cannot be held in “a complete” manner.
“If that is difficult, we would have no choice but to decide to postpone with athletes in the first priority,” he said, emphasizing that canceling the Tokyo Games was not an option.
Indeed, …

Coronavirus Update: Officials Beg Public to Stay Home, Olympics in Doubt, Three’s a Crowd, Says Merkel

Coronavirus Update: Officials Beg Public to Stay Home, Olympics in Doubt, Three’s a Crowd, Says Merkel

IN BRIEF
Government and health officials across the globe begged their citizens to stay at home to reduce community spread of the coronavirus, Germany limited groups to two people, and the Olympics face delay.
From Australia to Zimbabwe, officials warned of dire consequences if people carried on as usual.
TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
The number of coronavirus cases across the globe is now 353,904, of which 100,645 have recovered.  The death toll now stands …

Emirates Walks Back Plan to Cease Operations, Will Continue Flights to 13 Countries

Emirates Walks Back Plan to Cease Operations, Will Continue Flights to 13 Countries

Emirates Airline retreated from its early Sunday announcement to suspend all passenger flights and said it will continue to service some destinations.
The Dubai-based airline said it would suspend “most” flights, however, by March 25, 2020.
The carrier is the world’s largest operator of Airbus A380 superjumbo jets.
Emirates said that “requests from governments and customers to support the repatriation of travelers” had caused it to make the change.  The airline said it …

Tourism in Japan Plummets Despite Low Number of Coronavirus Cases

Tourism in Japan Plummets Despite Low Number of Coronavirus Cases

Japan reported that foreign visitors to the archipelago nation plunged 58% in February compared to the same period last year.
Figures released by the Japan National Tourism Organization indicate that the novel coronavirus pandemic is taking a heavy toll on one of the country’s largest industries.  The agency said that the number of foreign visitors to Japan in February was 1.09 million, down from 2.6 million in February 2018.  It was …

How Hotel Chains Are Addressing Travel To Areas Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus

The coronavirus is now affecting 104 countries and territories across the globe and many travelers are postponing or cancelling their travel plans as a result.
In some cases, a traveler is holding off because travel to his destination is simply not possible due to quarantine and containment rules; in others, it’s simply a desire not to go somewhere where one might end up with the coronavirus or trapped in a quarantined …

Coronavirus Update: Italy in Lockdown, Starbucks Employee Tests Positive, Tokyo Olympics Scales Back Torch Ceremony

Coronavirus Update: Italy in Lockdown, Starbucks Employee Tests Positive, Tokyo Olympics Scales Back Torch Ceremony

TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
The total number of coronavirus cases worldwide is now 107,936.  The death toll now stands at 3,665.
In Europe, Italian officials said that the total number of cases stood at 5,883, with 233 fatalities, the highest death toll outside of China. Health officials in France reported 103 new infections, bringing the total there to 949 including a member of the French Parliament.
The number of cases in the United …