Covid-19 Travel Bubbles Were Set to Restore Flying but Haven’t Taken Off

A few months ago, travel bubbles were the big idea for reopening skies across the Asia-Pacific region. Countries would strike deals with each other to allow air travel with certain restrictions, many officials said, and those would expand to regional pacts.

It’s proving hard to do, even for countries that have largely managed to keep a lid on the coronavirus.

Take Singapore, a city-state whose economy is so dependent on its airport, officials liken it to the lungs. Passenger volumes are languishing at 1.5% of pre-coronavirus levels, threatening its status as an aviation hub and the investment that comes with it.

The region’s other airports are similarly quiet, according to the latest data from August. Hong Kong International Airport saw 1.4% of passenger traffic compared with August 2019. At Japan’s Narita airport, international travelers in August were just 3.3% of the same month last year. At South Korea’s Incheon International

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Indian airlines tap international routes under ‘travel bubbles’

NEW DELHI — At a time when the global aviation industry has been drastically hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, India’s airlines appear to be turning the crisis into an opportunity by expanding their international operations under the ongoing “travel bubble” arrangements.

The latest company to join the bandwagon is low-budget carrier SpiceJet, which earlier this month announced that on Dec. 4 it will launch non-stop services connecting Delhi and Mumbai with London’s Heathrow Airport.

“For SpiceJet, this is a big step [as] it’s the first time we are starting scheduled long-haul operations,” said Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh during an online briefing to announce the London flights. The airline has until now been flying to international destinations closer to India such as Bangkok and Hong Kong.

“More importantly, we are the second-largest airline in India and connect destinations in small towns [in the country],” he said, pointing out that

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Club Wyndham Offers 15-Night “Travel Bubbles” to Reunite Extended Families This Thanksgiving

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The travel experts at Club Wyndham, the nation’s largest vacation ownership club, are offering a simple way for extended families and friends to gather around a new table this Thanksgiving: travel bubbles, made possible with an extended stay package in an apartment-style suite. These 15-night getaways provide a way for extended families to celebrate together; but first, each immediate family will quarantine for two weeks in their own suite. Travelers can cocoon in a comfortable Club Wyndham suite that feels like home, most with separate bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchens and relaxed living spaces, before reuniting for Thanksgiving dinner with cousins, aunts and grandmothers who have been isolating in their own respective suites.

Club Wyndham’s quar-nucopia package comes complete with a $250 gift card to use towards pre-Thanksgiving must-haves, such as beer and wine delivery, meditation apps to find some Zen ahead of the

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A Quar-nucopia Package: Club Wyndham Offers 15-Night “Travel Bubbles” to Reunite Extended Families This Thanksgiving

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The travel experts at Club Wyndham, the nation’s largest vacation ownership club, are offering a simple way for extended families and friends to gather around a new table this Thanksgiving: travel bubbles, made possible with an extended stay package in an apartment-style suite. These 15-night getaways provide a way for extended families to celebrate together; but first, each immediate family will quarantine for two weeks in their own suite. Travelers can cocoon in a comfortable Club Wyndham suite that feels like home, most with separate bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchens and relaxed living spaces, before reuniting for Thanksgiving dinner with cousins, aunts and grandmothers who have been isolating in their own respective suites.

“We’re offering our quar-nucopia package so that families can reunite and gather at a new destination this holiday.”

Club Wyndham’s quar-nucopia package comes complete with a $250 gift card to

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More foreign airlines for Indian flyers under travel bubbles | All you need to know – india news

As India is exploring options to set up air bubbles with more countries to facilitate international travel in a restricted manner, a number of foreign airlines from countries with which India has already set up air bubbles have resumed their operations in the country. America’s United Airlines has recently announced direct flights to Delhi and Bengaluru, which will start between December 2020 and January 2021.

Here’s all you need to know

1. International flight operations were suspended on March 22, before the nationwide lockdown was imposed to fight the spread of Covid-19. From May 7, Air India resumed repatriating flights under Vande Bharat Mission, which entered its sixth phase in September.

2. Starting from July end, India entered into air bubbles with a few select countries to facililitate two-way operations. While repatriation flights can operate one way, air bubble flights can operate both ways. These bubbles allow foreign airlines to

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League offers to shelter teams with hotel bubbles, per report

The NFL has witnessed two games now be postponed due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, leading them to decipher their best course of action moving forward.

According to a report from ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, the league is open to sheltering teams in hotels for the rest of the season.

On Saturday morning, news broke of Cam Newton testing positive for COVID-19 for the New England Patriots. Besides Newton, Jordan Ta’amu of the Kansas City Chiefs also produced a positive test, prompting the NFL to postpone the game between the Patriots and Chiefs to a later date.

Of course, this isn’t the first COVID-19 situation the NFL had to deal with throughout this week. Following their contest against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3, the Tennessee Titans had multiple players and staff members test positive.

Similar to the Patriots and Chiefs game, the league pushed the game back, with the idea of

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Air travel to & from India under coronavirus air bubbles: All you need to know | India News

NEW DELHI: Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The only way to travel to and from India, meanwhile, is through an air bubble. However, India does not have an air bubble agreement with all the countries. The currently operational special international flights allow eligible categories of passengers to travel between India and another country where air bubbles have been formed. Here is all you need to know about air travel to and from India under air bubbles:
What is an air/transport bubble agreement
‘Transport Bubbles’ or ‘Air Travel Arrangements’ are temporary arrangements between two countries aimed at restarting commercial passenger services when regular international flights are suspended due to Covid-19 pandemic, as explained by India’s Union civil aviation ministry. They are reciprocal in nature, meaning airlines from both countries enjoy similar benefits.
Which countries have air bubbles with India
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Asia’s coronavirus ‘travel bubbles’ fail to form, and travelers face a long winter at home

With the end of the year approaching, travelers holding onto hope they may still get to enjoy a quick winter escape in Asia are facing some hard truths right now.



a small boat in a body of water: In this photo taken on August 18, 2020 a taxi boat is anchored along an empty beach in Chalok Baan Kao Bay in Koh Tao island in the Gulf of Thailand.


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In this photo taken on August 18, 2020 a taxi boat is anchored along an empty beach in Chalok Baan Kao Bay in Koh Tao island in the Gulf of Thailand.

Christmas on the beach in Phuket? Highly unlikely — unless you’re willing to quarantine in a hotel for two weeks first.

Lunar New Year in Bali next February? Don’t book those flights just yet.



a group of people lying on a sandy beach: Though closed to international tourism, Bali remains open to domestic tourists.


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Though closed to international tourism, Bali remains open to domestic tourists.

The list of countries in the region that are off limits to most leisure travel remains long and, according to the experts, is likely to remain that way for some time yet.

In early

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