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WestJet Launches New Service to London’s Heathrow Airport from Calgary

WestJet Launches New Service to London’s Heathrow Airport from Calgary

WestJet launched new service from Calgary to London Sunday night.
The airline’s first flight to London Heathrow Airport arrived at noon local time there.
The carrier will operate the flights using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
WestJet’s Dreamliners seat 320 passengers in a three-class configuration. The airline offers a business-class cabin with fully lie-flat seats, as well as a premium-economy cabin with seats in a 2-3-2 configuration.
The carrier first announced plans for the new …

Elizabeth Line, London’s New East-to-West Railway, Set to Open in June

Elizabeth Line, London’s New East-to-West Railway, Set to Open in June

London’s new Elizabeth Line railway, which was originally slated to open in 2020, will begin serving passengers in June of this year.
Originally called the London Crossrail, the city’s new east-west railway, will be called the Elizabeth line.  It is a 73-mile (117-kilometer) rail line that, in the west, will divide into two branches, namely to Reading and stations at Heathrow Airport, and in the east to Abbey Wood and Shenfield.
A …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 22: Vaccination Rates Stall as Possible Surge Looms, Alcohol-Related Deaths Spiked in 2020

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 22: Vaccination Rates Stall as Possible Surge Looms, Alcohol-Related Deaths Spiked in 2020

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 742nd day of the pandemic.
Regular readers of this space know that the Morning News Brief has tracked vaccination rates for well over a year now.
The first person in the world to receive a vaccine was Margaret Keenan of Coventry, England, who was 90 when she received the jab on December …

Gatwick Express Train Service to London Resumes after Two-Year Pause

Gatwick Express Train Service to London Resumes after Two-Year Pause

The non-stop Gatwick Express trains linking Central London and Gatwick Airport will resume service in April, the train’s operators said.
The move was announced by Govia Thameslink Railway.
The Gatwick Express was suspended in March 2020 amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn in travel.
The service resumed on weekdays in December of last year, but lasted only for two weeks as the omicron variant of the coronavirus took hold.
Service will resume April 3 and …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 18: Italy to Ease Restrictions, 9 Members of Congress Test Positive

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 18: Italy to Ease Restrictions, 9 Members of Congress Test Positive

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 77th day of 2022.
It should come as no surprise that researchers testing ivermectin at Canada’s McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, found that it did nothing to reduce hospitalizations.
The antiparasitic drug has been touted by multiple celebrities including Joe Rogan and Donald Trump as a remedy for Covid, despite clinical evidence …

Delta Adds New Flights to Europe for the Summer Travel Season

Delta Adds New Flights to Europe for the Summer Travel Season

Delta Air Lines announced multiple new flights to Europe and said it will also increase frequencies and upgauge aircraft on other routes.
The list of new flights includes New York to Stockholm, which will start on June 1, 2022, and Salt Lake City to London Heathrow, commencing on May 14.
The Atlanta-based carrier said it would operate up to 74 daily flights to 21 European cities from its ten U.S. gateway cities …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 16: What Rising Case Numbers in Europe Mean for the U.S.

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 16: What Rising Case Numbers in Europe Mean for the U.S.

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 75th day of 2022.
If you recently started wearing your face mask less often, you might want to reach for it. Two weeks after the United Kingdom ended its remaining coronavirus restrictions, the country is seeing a rise in new infections and hospitalizations, as are multiple countries on the European continent.
Cases …