Omicron clouds outlook for international travel that was just turning a corner

A passenger arrives at a terminal at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington as countries react to the novel coronavirus variant Omicron amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Washington, United States, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Parilla Carlos Barria | Reuters The spread of the omicron variant Covid-19 around the world may delay the recovery … Read more

China issues directive to bring Boeing 737 Max back to the skies after more than 2 years

This December 15, 2018 photo shows a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft delivered to China Airlines during a ceremony at the Boeing 737 Zhoushan Fulfillment and Delivery Center in Zhoushan, east China’s Zhejiang Province. STR | AFP | Getty Images Chinese aviation regulators on Thursday instructed airlines to make the changes needed to fly Boeing’s … Read more

U.S. tightens travel testing requirements, mask mandates

United States President Joe Biden talks about a Covid-19 vaccine that has been administered in the United States at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, February 25, 2021. Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images The Biden administration is tightening rules for travel to and within the United States, requiring all domestic international … Read more

Omicron setback is a buying opportunity for tourism stocks, investor says

The decline in travel stocks after the emergence of a new variant of Covid-19 is a temporary “setback” that offers some attractive buying opportunities within the sector, according to investor SpringOwl Asset Management. Travel and tourism stocks were hit hard after the World Health Organization classified Omicron as a “variable of concern”. Several countries have … Read more

How much does it cost to charter a flight? New flyers share prices

Private air travel is booming under the pandemic. In fact, interest is so high that many private airlines have a different problem on their hands: keeping up with demand. The private airline, VistaJet, said new membership for the first half of 2021 increased by 53% compared to 2020, with Europe bringing in the largest number … Read more

Biden directs FDA, CDC to clear new vaccines if needed

President Joe Biden said Monday that he is directing federal agencies to prepare to move as quickly as possible to approve additional vaccines or boosters designed to protect against the novel coronavirus variant. It is believed that current Covid vaccines provide at least some protection against the highly mutated strain of omicron, and the booster … Read more

Biden says he doesn’t expect more travel restrictions or lockdowns as omicron Covid variant spreads

Travelers walk through Terminal A at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on November 23, 2021 in Arlington, Virginia. Drew Angerer | Getty Images President Joe Biden said Monday that he does not expect the United States to impose additional travel restrictions to stem the spread of the omicron variant Covid-19, sending some airline shares higher. … Read more

Travel surges over Thanksgiving to new pandemic highs but omicron poses new challenge

Travelers walk through Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport on November 21, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. Matthew Hatcher | Getty Images US airlines had Thanksgiving week had some of their busiest days since before the coronavirus was declared a pandemic, as travelers returned in droves for family reunions after a quiet holiday last year. The Transportation … Read more

Is it time to plan those big trips abroad?

Reynisfjara is a world famous black sand beach located on the southern coast of Iceland. Louis Kajiao Photography | moment | Getty Images Iceland has been the focal point of my passion for wanderlust for the better part of two years. The country is a dreamy spectacle of natural beauty: the black sands of Reynisfjara, … Read more

U.S. to restrict travel from South Africa, 7 other nations

People line up for an outbound flight at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, November 26, 2021. Jerome Delay | AP WASHINGTON — The United States will restrict travel to non-US citizens from South Africa and seven other countries starting Monday, as part of a global effort to stem the spread of … Read more