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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 …

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 …

United Airlines to Add New Flights and Routes to London as England Reopens

United Airlines to Add New Flights and Routes to London as England Reopens

Fresh on the heels of England’s announcement that it would open its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from the United States, United Airlines said it would increase its service across the pond to 40 flights per week.  It also announced a new partnership that will allow passengers to bring a self-administered coronavirus test with them on the trip that can be performed shortly before returning to the States.
The move includes …

Coronavirus News Update – July 22: Final Approval for Vaccines Likely Within Months, Says Biden

Coronavirus News Update – July 22: Final Approval for Vaccines Likely Within Months, Says Biden

President Joseph Biden said that he expects the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to “quickly” give final approval to  current coronavirus vaccines, as he underscored the need for Americans to get vaccinated amidst a surge in infections fueled by the India, or Delta, variant.  The vaccines are currently authorized for emergency use.
As of Thursday morning, the world has recorded 193 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.15 million deaths, according to Worldometer, …

U.S. Issues ‘Do Not Travel’ Advisory for U.K.

U.S. Issues ‘Do Not Travel’ Advisory for U.K.

The State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States issued their highest warnings against travel to the United Kingdom amidst a rising number of coronavirus cases fueled by the India, or Delta, variant.
“Do not travel to the United Kingdom due to Covid-19,” read the State Department’s advisory.
The heightened advisory comes on the day that England ended almost all Covid-era restrictions for social distancing and wearing …

Coronavirus News Update – July 18: Boris Johnson to Self-Isolate After Covid Exposure

Coronavirus News Update – July 18: Boris Johnson to Self-Isolate After Covid Exposure

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak will go into self-isolation Sunday after coming into contact with a cabinet minister who tested positive for the coronavirus. The country’s new heath secretary, Sajid Javid, said Saturday that he had mild Covid symptoms.  The two men originally said they would enter a special program for essential workers that would allow them to keep working but reversed that decision …