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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International Trick-Or-Treating? UNICEF Offers Virtual, Travel-In-Place Fun For Kids

“Halloween is not cancelled. It’s just going to look a little different this year,” declares UNICEF. That’s sure to provide relief to many kids who have already been through a world of changes this year. Now many children may fear they’ll miss out on the pure joy of dressing up in a carefully chosen costume for trick-or-treat fun, but UNICEF has some alternative suggestions to save October’s cherished holiday.  

Trick-or-treating for UNICEF has been a time-honored tradition for many altruistic children since the Halloween season of 1950. Since then, over $180 million has been raised for UNICEF, which is also known as the United Nations Children’s Fund, through a program they call Kids Helping Kids.

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International Flights: Air India Announces Additional Flights to Canada From Oct 25, Booking Begins

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International Flights: Amid the rising demands for international flights, National carrier Air India has announced that it will operate additional flights between India and Canada from October 25 to 27 March 2021. Bookings for the flights have started. Flyers can book their tickets on the airline’s official website, booking offices, call centres or travel agents. Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, special international flights have been allowed since July under the bilateral air bubble pacts formed by India with around 16 countries, including Canada.

Who can

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International student enrollment down at UNLV, UNR

After learning she’d lose her government job in Wales due to COVID-19-related budget issues, 32-year-old Lorna Griffiths decided to realize her dream of studying abroad and pursuing a career change to become a nurse.

But amid the pandemic, making that happen wasn’t easy. Griffiths traveled to Iceland to get a student visa in time for fall semester. And despite having the correct paperwork in hand, she was stressed while traveling to the U.S. and was worried she’d be turned away.

But now she’s in Las Vegas and is enrolled in her first semester of classes at the College of Southern Nevada.

“I always wanted to actually study abroad somewhere and it came down to a choice between Australia and the United States,” Griffiths said, adding she’s happy to be in the U.S.

In Nevada and nationwide, many colleges and universities are seeing fewer international students this fall due to factors

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Incredible Australian destinations to visit during international travel ban

Your travel bucket list may have needed a little tweaking this year, but you don’t have to ditch it altogether – Australia has you covered. Whether you were dreaming of sipping wine at a cellar door in France’s Bordeaux or hitting the road on California’s Big Sur coastal drive, Australia has experiences that are a match, if not better, than those we traditionally travel overseas for.

Almost a third of Australians – or 5.4 million Aussies – are planning a domestic holiday within the next 12 months, proving holiday makers are committed to a local adventure. This is up 21 per cent from January, according to Finder.

Data from travel booking site Expedia show Aussies have swapped trips to Bali, Phuket and Tokyo – which were high on the list in the 2019 September school holidays – for holidays to regional Australia. And planning for the Christmas holidays is in

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International Flights: Air India Announces Flights to Nairobi Under Vande Bharat Mission on These Dates

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International Flights: National carrier Air India has announced international flights to/from India and Nairobi (Capital of Kenya) on October 14 and 15 under sixth phase of Vande Bharat Mission. All those who want to book their flights are requested to visit the official website of Air India at It must be noted that scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, India has established Air Bubble arrangements with many countries including Kenya, Bhutan, US, the UK, Canada, the UAE, Qatar, Nigeria, Maldives, Japan, Iraq, Germany etc. Under an air bubble pact between two countries, special international passenger flights can be operated by their airlines into each other’s territories under restrictive conditions.
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Bradley International Airport among country’s best airports in Conde Nast Traveler ranking

For the fourth year in a row, Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks was ranked among the top 10 airports in the country by Conde Naste Traveler magazine, even as the COVID-19 took its toll on air travel.

Bradley placed eighth on the annual ranking announced Tuesday, its place on the list drawn from a survey of readers of Condé Nast Traveler. The list of best airports was compiled from responses form 715,000 readers of the magazine on a variety of topics.

“More travelers have discovered Hartford, Connecticut’s airport—now New England’s second-busiest airfield after Boston Logan—thanks to a surge in new flights in recent years,” the magazine said in its ranking.

“Customers praise the airport’s convenient on-site parking, plentiful charging stations and free Wi-Fi, decent restaurant options, and an overall relaxed atmosphere, making this mid-sized facility an attractive alternative to flying out of New York’s and Boston’s monster hubs.”


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Dublin luxury hotel crowned best in Ireland by international travel magazine

A luxury hotel in Dublin City Centre has been crowned the best in Ireland by an international travel magazine.

The Westbury Hotel in the capital was ranked top hotel in Ireland according to Condé Nast Traveller’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

The five-star hotel is just a short walk from Grafton Street right in the heart of Dublin.

Room prices start from €200 and can go all the way to €2,302.50 for its presidential suite.

The description for the swanky hotel on Google reads: “A minute’s walk from Grafton Street, this swanky hotel is a 5-minute walk from the Little Museum of Dublin and an 11-minute walk from Dublin Castle.

“Luxe, airy rooms have custom wool carpets, chic furnishings and pillow-top mattresses. All come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and Nespresso machines, plus marble bathrooms with heated floors and designer toiletries. Suites have living areas, and some add free-standing baths and/or

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Committee on Tourism welcomes the Uplifting of Restrictions on International Travel

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The Portfolio Committee on Tourism welcomes the uplifting of travel restrictions imposed on international travel due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Tourism, Mr Supra Mahumapelo, said: “We are heartened that international flights have resumed after more than six months since lockdown restrictions have been imposed worldwide”. Yesterday, South Africa welcomed travellers from the United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, Germany, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe on the first day of its opening.
The impact of the pandemic has been felt across all sectors, with tourism being the hardest hit. According to the Tourism Business Council of South Africa, the tourism sector contributes to 1.5 million jobs and 8.5% to the gross domestic product of South Africa. However, we have seen the devastating impact of the pandemic as more than 600 000 jobs have been lost and many businesses in the tourism sector and supply

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Vacation Innovations Acquires Travel Technology Platform and Private Client Pioneer Holiday Systems International

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Vacation Innovations (“VI” or the “Company”), a leading provider of travel-related products, software and services, today announced its acquisition of Holiday Systems International (HSI), an established travel technology solutions provider and membership platform with a 27-year history of innovation in the travel industry. HSI provides travel discounts at below-OTA rates and custom software solutions that drive a range of private-client travel, rewards and exclusive loyalty programs for a membership base of nearly 400,000 travelers and multiple major global corporate partners.

HSI was founded in 1993 by Craig Morganson and has earned its reputation as a leading developer of award-winning, travel-related technology and membership-based discount programs, producing some of the most sophisticated software and user interfaces in the travel industry for enterprise and direct-to-consumer use, including loyalty systems, booking engines, membership systems, employee benefit programs, travel agency booking platforms, corporate travel systems, travel gift

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