Insider Report 6/24/2021

In this week's news, Florida wins a lawsuit against the CDC, our top airline updates, what's open for travel, and more! We have our office open 24/7 so if there are any questions or thoughts we can help with feel free to give us a call

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Florida Wins Lawsuit Against CDC

     Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is declaring victory over a lawsuit the state originally filed against the CDC back in April over the agency’s Conditional Sail Order.  Under the Federal ruling, the Conditional Sail Order could be lifted as early as July 18th, meaning the order will exist solely as a recommendation for cruise line operations, and not a requirement.  

     Cruise lines have already begun plans to resume operations in Florida as well as in other parts of the country.  Royal Caribbean recently kicked off their first test cruise on the Freedom of the Seas with 600 passengers from Miami.  Because Royal Caribbean opted not to require COVID-19 vaccinations for guests, test cruises were required in order to resume full operations under the CDC’s Conditional Sail Order.  Royal Caribbean’s sister-brand, Celebrity Cruises, is scheduled to be the first cruise line to operate a non-test cruise out of a U.S. port this Saturday.  Because Celebrity does require vaccinations for all on board, they were not subject to the test-cruises required by the Conditional Sail Order.  

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Airline Updates

Check out our weekly top 5 Air Travel updates below!
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Fly with Pride

 

In celebration of Pride month, Alaska Airlines debuted their Pride Plane, featuring bright colors.
 

Click here to read more from CNN Travel

“United Honors Juneteenth

 

The airline celebrated the national holiday with a historic flight staffed with all Black employees from Texas to Chicago O’Hare.

 

Click here to read more from abc7 Chicago

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American’s Workforce Stretched Thin

 

A faster-than-expected surge in summer travel led to the airline cancelling 950 flights during the first 13 days in July.  

 

Click here to read more from LA Times

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Air France Streamlines Air-Rail Connections

 

The airline is testing a new service that would allow travelers to check in on the Air France website or app for their entire trip, including their rail tickets.

 

Click here to read more from Airline Weekly

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Punishment for Unruly Passengers

 

In response to a growing number of outbursts from unruly passengers, airline groups want the FAA and the DOJ to impose strict punishments for misbehaving travelers.

 

Click here to read more from KMOV4

New Route Highlights

Spirit Airlines:      Daily flights to both Fort Lauderdale and Orlando from Manchester, New Hampshire beginning October 7.

American Airlines:      Three weekly flights from Austin to the Riviera Nayarit beginning November 2nd.  

 

Alaska Airlines:     New nonstop service between Boise and Pullman-Moscow Airport in Washington beginning August 17th, and new nonstop service between Boise and Phoenix beginning November 19th. 

 

Qatar Airways:      Two daily flights from Doha: New York, beginning June 29; Los Angeles, beginning July 16; Chicago, starting July 21 and Washington, D.C., starting July 22.  Service to Dallas-Fort Worth will increase to 12 weekly flights beginning on July 11.  The airline will increase to daily service from Doha, including Seattle on June 28, San Francisco on June 29, Boston on July 3, Miami on July 4 and Philadelphia on July 21.  Service to Atlanta will increase to five weekly flights on July 15.

Now Open in Travel

  • June 17:     Malta will now welcome U.S. travelers from 40 states with the submission of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta. 
  • June 20:     Americans can now travel to Germany with proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from COVID, or proof of a negative test taken prior to departure from the U.S.
  • June 21:     Italy is open to American tourists for quarantine-free travel with proof of vaccination, a certificate of recovery, or a negative PCR or rapid-antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival. 
  •  June 21:     The Czech Republic is welcoming American travelers under the same rules that applied prior to the Pandemic.
  • June 24:     Austria is open for U.S. travelers with a vaccination certificate, certificate of recovery, or negative test taken no earlier than 72 hours (PCR) or 48 hours (antigen) prior to entry.

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