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Spain Won’t Require PCR Tests For UK Arrivals From Next Week




Spain will no longer require negative RT-PCR tests from UK travelers starting from May 20th. The move would boost travel from the UK as the country officially lifts its ban on non-essential travel from May 17th. Spain is currently not on the UK’s green list, which means returning travelers will have to self-quarantine at home.

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As cases fall in the UK, Spain is hoping to attract British travelers this summer. Photo: Getty Images

Balancing act

According to Reuters, Spain will drop the negative PCR test requirement for travelers from the UK starting May 20th. This decision has been taken to attract more British tourists to the nation after a difficult winter and spring season for tourism. Removing testing will mean one less roadblock to international travel for Britons, although the self-quarantine remains.

In a delicate balancing act between stimulating the economy and keeping cases low, Spain opted to drop testing after seeing the UK’s progress with containing COVID-19. Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said,

“They (Britons) could come from May 20 onwards without a PCR if the incidence rates are below the range currently under review, which is around 50.”

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Pre-flight testing will not be a requirement for the UK to Spain travel. Photo: Getty Images

UK’s rate of cases per 100,000 has been below 50 since the last days of March and currently stands at 21.3. This means, barring a substantial spike in cases, Britons should be able to Spain worry-free. However, coming back is not as simple.

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As mentioned earlier, Spain did not make the cut as of one of the UK’s ‘green list’ countries (only 12 globally did). This leaves the country on the ‘amber’ list, meaning returning travelers must take two RT-PCR tests and self-quarantine for 10 days. This can be cut down to five days if passengers opt in to the “Test To Release” program at an additional charge.

While airlines are pushing for cheaper RT-PCR tests, current two-test packages cost over £150 per traveler. Photo: Getty Images

However, the costs of self-isolating for 5-10 days and taking at least two RT-PCR tests after arrival can be prohibitive to many travelers. Currently, the cheapest testing package costs £151 for two tests, along with much more for ‘Test to Release’. This means a family of four would spend upwards of £600 in testing alone (excluding the pre-departure test as well).


These extremely high costs have airlines pushing for cheaper testing packages, something the government is considering. Airlines have negotiated lower test costs for their own passengers, although they still remain pricey.

Small green list

This week’s announcement for green list countries has left most disappointed. Out of the 12 nations on the list, only four are accepting travelers from the UK. This means only 4.5% of 2019 travel capacity is actually accessible to Britons. Airlines have greatly criticized the list, calling it overly cautious and a “missed opportunity“.

The best hope for UK travelers in Portugal, which will be open to travelers and has made it to the quarantine-free green list. Expect to see bookings and demand to the national surge in the coming days as passengers take to the skies again.

What do you think about Spain’s decision to drop pre-travel testing from UK travelers? Should more countries follow their lead? Let us know in the comments!

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International borders to open with Europe-style traffic light system



Emirates A380, A6-EDB, as shot by Victor Pody

Australia’s international border restrictions are likely to be eased via a Europe-style traffic light system that will first be trialled on overseas students, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at the weekend.

However, the PM also said any large-scale opening would not happen until the country has a better idea of the spread of variants of COVID-19 and their effectiveness with vaccines.

“The jury is out on that and it will be a while, I think, before the epidemiologists can have greater clarity on that. We have to be ­patient for the evidence and the science,” Morrison said.

The federal government’s continued downplaying of any immediate opening to international borders comes days after yet another shift in policy to now prioritise administering the Pfizer vaccine to under 60s rather than the Oxford vaccine that the country has in far greater supply. The British-created jab has been linked to blood clots in a very small number of recipients.

Talking to The Weekend Australian, PM Morrison said the government would spend the next six months monitoring how vaccines “protect against serious illness in real-time”, pointing out that hospitalisations in the UK are now rising due to the spread of the Delta variant.

“In Europe, they have a system which works green light, red light. And the green light is if you’ve had it, so you have the antibodies, if you’ve had a PCR test within the relevant period or you’re vac­cinated. These things feed back into other databases to enable the border clearance.

He added doing it with overseas students would be “a good first run-around” to prove up the system.


“It’s just sort of quite practical homework to have something ready in the event you got to that next point. But there was no indication of time frame, no indication of commitment to a time frame, just let’s get this thing working ­really well.”

Morrison’s comments on Sunday came a day after Trade Minister Dan Tehan said the country was in “no rush to open the borders” and any opening would “largely depend on how these various variants play out”.

“It has been made very clear we will only create a bubble with Singapore when it is safe to do so and in the meantime we are looking at what would be the processes that would allow that to be as safe as possible,” said Tehan.

The update comes after Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s budget last month hinted borders wouldn’t open until halfway through next year, forcing Qantas to push back its plan to restart long-haul flights from 31 October to December.

The budget papers read, “Inbound and outbound international travel is expected to remain low through to mid-2022, after which gradual recovery in international tourism is assumed to occur.”

Qantas said in a statement it remains “optimistic that additional bubbles will open once Australia’s vaccine rollout is complete to countries who, by then, are in a similar position, but it’s difficult to predict which ones at this stage”.

It also comes after NSW revealed this month it hopes to welcome international students in the next six to eight weeks under a pilot plan set to be rubber-stamped by the federal government.

The state’s Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet, said the program would see 250 students per fortnight quarantine in student accommodation, rising to 500 per fortnight by the end of the year.

Flights will initially be chartered before transitioning to commercial services.

The move is hugely significant for international aviation given, currently, only Australian citizens, permanent residents and a limited number of skilled visa holders are allowed to enter Australia.

Those who do enter are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine period, for which they have to pay up to $3,000.

Perrottet insisted that “not one returning Australian” will lose out on a plane ticket as a result of the plan.

“We will be running this alongside the 3,000 returning Australians that come into our hotel quarantine system every week,” he said. “This is a big win for the NSW economy.

While numbers fluctuate, NSW is currently taking the vast bulk of returned citizens, with Sydney quarantine hotels now accepting 3,000 entrants per week. The next highest is Queensland, taking 1,000.

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When The Soviet Tupolev Tu-104 Became The 2nd Jetliner In Service



It will soon be 70 years of commercial jet travel. The United Kingdom’s de Havilland DH.106 Comet entered service in 1952, becoming the first jetliner to be introduced for passenger operations. This aircraft was soon followed by the Tupolev Tu-104. This Soviet vehicle often goes under the radar in jet aviation history, but it was one of the pioneers in the scene.

A Tupolev TU-104 Aircraft Takes Off From Novosibirsk
The twinjet was the sole jetliner flying commercially for two years, between 1956 and 1958, amid the Comet’s grounding. Photo: Getty Images

A new global climate

Flag carrier Aeroflot was becoming frustrated with the piston engines of the time. There were new requirements following World War II, and countries around the world were looking at modern technology to overcome the difficulties of costly, unreliable vehicles. Thus, the Tupolev Design Bureau accepted the challenge and was determined to beat the likes of Boeing and Douglas amid the early days of the Cold War.

Approximately 10,000 workers took part in the Tu-104 program, spreading across a complex in eastern Moscow. As a result of the waves of employees working on the jet, the plane managed to bring its maiden flight forward by two months.

Y.T. Alasheev and first officer B.M. Timoshok conducted the first flight on June 17th, 1955. Soviet ministers were happy with the rest results and gave the go-ahead for further production units of the plane.

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There were early concerns about passenger jet operations following crashes with the Comet, forcing the model’s grounding. Photo: Getty Images

Showing off

With the plane now in the air, the Soviet Union’s leadership was keen to show off its new fleet member. Thus, it was quickly deployed across the skies to foreign lands.

“By March 1956, Khrushchev was ready to use Tupolev’s creation to score an international PR victory. He ordered the -104 to fly to London carrying officials who were laying the groundwork for an East-West summit there. According to a Russian TV documentary, Khrushchev himself wanted to ride the little-tested jetliner into Heathrow, and Tupolev had to race to the impetuous leader’s dacha to talk him out of it.” Air & Space shares.

“For British aviation professionals still mourning the loss of the Comets, the -104’s arrival was a mini-Sputnik moment: an unsuspected Soviet technological advance falling from the sky, causing both admiration and anxiety. ‘The Russians are far ahead of us in the development of such aircraft and jet engines,’ retired RAF Air Chief Marshal Philip Joubert de la Ferté told the BBC at the time. ‘Many in the West will have to change their views on the progress made by Soviet aircraft technology.’”

Hitting the skies

Aeroflot introduced its first unit on September 15th, 1956. The first scheduled service was between Moscow and Irkutsk. Following this, international flights opened up to Prague.

The airline’s Tu-104B had a crew of seven and had a capacity of between 50 and 115 passengers, helped by a length of 40.06 m (131 ft 5 in). Two Mikulin AM-3M-500 turbojet engines, with 95 kN (21,400 lbf) thrust each powered the plane, assisting it in reaching a maximum speed of 950 km/h (590 mph) and a range of 2,120 km (1,140 NM).

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It wasn’t the space race that the countries were competing in when it came to Cold War aeronautics. Photo: Getty Images

CSA Czechoslovak Airlines followed Aeroflot as the next operator, purchasing six units from the Soviet Union in 1957. However, AeroTime notes that three of these and to be written off. This would be a pattern in subsequent years, with 37 of all produced units being lost due to errors or accidents. Several crew members shared that the plane was unstable and had tricky controls. It was also prone to do the dutch roll.

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The wider impact

Despite the rocky roads, this jet’s entry to service undoubtedly helped kick off jet travel across the Soviet Union in the middle of the 20th century. Republics of the union were now far better connected with a faster and more comfortable form of travel.

The impact was evident across the land. Before World War II, there were 150 airports in the country, which were mostly bare fields with unsurfaced runways. However, as the 1960s got into full swing, Moscow itself had four airports that connected to more than 200 cities. The sites of Domodedovo, Vnukovo, Bykovo, and Sheremetyevo all worked together to bring the population together.

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Smiling passengers on a Tu-104 trans-Siberian flight in July 1956. Photo: Getty Images

The Tu-104 inspired further jet breakthroughs in subsequent years. For Instance, the Ilyushin Il-62 conducted its first flight on January 3rd, 1963, and went on to be introduced as the first Soviet long-haul jetliner. It was designed for intercontinental flights, and at one time, it was the largest passenger plane in the world.

The Yakovlev Yak-40 was also introduced before the 1960s were over. Aeroflot was once again the airline to debut the new aircraft, with the type tipped for local operations. The turbojet, notably, had no luggage section, meaning that all baggage was delivered during landing and stored in a specific chamber.

Looking back

Following a series of incidents with the Tu-104 across the industry, the last straw for Aeroflot was on March 17th, 1979, when one of its units failed to take off due to shifting cargo. 57 passengers and one member of the crew died on flight 1961 when the narrowbody crashed in Moscow. As a result, the carrier removed the type from service.

In total, 201 units of the Tu-104 were built between 1956 and 1960. There were up to 20 variants, including prototypes, testbeds, freighter conversions, and VIP productions.

Altogether, there were only six operators. Apart from Aeroflot and CSA Czechoslovak Airlines, the Soviet Air Force, the Czechoslovakian Air Force, and the Military of Mongolia held units.

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United States-based manufacturers would soon take the lead in the global jet race. Photo: Getty Images

Ultimately, early jet innovations were riddled with errors. Like the Comet, the Tu-104 was plagued with incidents that led to its demise. Subsequent introductions learned from their predecessors’ mistakes and refined the jetliner over the years. Nonetheless, despite the underwhelming number of operators and the series of incidents, the Tu-104 stayed in regular operation for a quarter of a century.

What are your thoughts about the Tupolev Tu-104? What do you make of its journey over the years since its introduction? Let us know what you think of the aircraft and its operations in the comment section.

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The US Airline Recovery Continues With Strong Passenger Counts



The US airline industry recovery continues. US passenger numbers are consistently topping two million passengers in a day, and leisure bookings have recovered. However, that is not without its pains, as the industry faces some structural issues that are making travel a little more stressful than it was in 2019. Here’s where the industry stands.

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As the industry ramp-up continues, there are plenty of growing pains. Photo: Getty Images

The airline recovery continues in earnest

Passenger numbers are recovering. On Thursday and Friday, June 17th and 18th, passenger numbers topped two million in a day. These were the third and fourth days since March 2020 where passenger numbers topped that milestone.

While a few days here and there with strong passenger numbers are not necessarily indicative of a full recovery, the industry has noticed another milestone. The last time fewer than 1.5 million passengers went through a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint was on May 25th. Since June 9th, no fewer than 1.6 million passengers have gone through a checkpoint.

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More flights are going out full, which is great news for airlines, but that does not necessarily mean the industry was prepared to handle it. Photo: Getty Images

Solid non-peak day improvement

Since the start of the crisis, two of the most important days of the week to watch for in terms of passenger numbers are Tuesdays and Wednesdays. These two days are heavy business travel days, and both weekdays have seen significant improvements in travel.

Generally, Tuesday numbers are still weaker compared to other days in the week. On Tuesday, June 15th, 1,678,688 passengers went through a security checkpoint, which was the lowest point in the week. The second-lowest day was Wednesday, June 16th, with 1,792,370 travelers going through a security checkpoint.

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Improvements have been strong on non-peak travel days as well. Photo: Getty Images

Nevertheless, both of those days are in stark contrast to the few hundred thousand passengers each day that were traveling as recently as March. While this is great news for the industry, the ramp-up on the backend of travel has been a completely different story.

The US was not prepared to handle the increase

Universally, the industry has struggled to handle the ramp-up in passenger operations. First and foremost, there are labor shortages across the US. Airlines are having difficulty hiring check-in agents, ramp staff, and more positions. In the terminal, there are still hundreds of concessions closed across the US for various reasons. Even in the areas that are open, there are shortages in labor there, as well as some supply chain issues.

Turning to the destinations where airlines are flying to, it is clear that the industry is trying to adapt and meet the demand. Rental car shortages are severe across the country. Customers are finding skyrocketing prices if a car is even available. Meanwhile, restaurants in popular tourist destinations are facing significant increases in traffic, leading to long wait times and busy times for staff.

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Long lines are a frequent sight at airports. Photo: Getty Images

As is commonly said, hindsight is 20/20. This time last year, few had imagined the incredible ramp-up of air travel as has materialized. The lack of a clear path forward led to significant fleet retirements and voluntary early-outs that appear now to have been a bit short-sighted and hastily determined. As a result, airlines are now trying to manage flying fewer planes while catering to passengers wanting to travel to reopened destinations at home and abroad.

Then again, there was no guarantee of what the recovery would look like, and airlines turned to a survival mode in 2020. As the industry ramps up, the growing pains will persist, so have some patience and plan ahead for your summer vacation.

Have you traveled in the last week? What was your experience like? Let us know in the comments!

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Timmins officials say newly paved runways at the airport have potential to attract Caribbean carriers



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Lydia Chubak, CTV Northern Ontario Videojournalist | Sunday, June 20, 2021

Timmins Victor M Power AirportThe rehabilitation and resurfacing of the runways and taxiways at the Timmins Victor M Power Airport cost 9.5 million dollars. Officials are now hoping to attract new developments at the facility. June 20/21 (Lydia Chubak/CTV News Northern Ontario)

TIMMINS — The city of Timmins can hear the wild blue yonder calling its name now that the re-paving of its runways and taxiways is complete. 

The COVID-19 pandemic and deteriorating infrastructure have been some bumps in the road for the Timmins Victor M Power airport, but now that the 9.5 million dollar rehabilitation and resurfacing of its approximately forty kilometres of roadways there is done, officials are hoping it’ll be smooth sailing for a while.

 “737s were in here before we started this work last year, said Dave Dayment, airport manager.

He said they charter forest firefighting personnel around. 

“We have Hercules coming in here doing search and rescue … a Hercules could be well over 100-thousand pounds. So when we upgraded the runway and added (more asphalt) to it, it gave us a little longer lifespan.”

The federal government funded sixty per cent of the paving job and the airport paid the balance.  The airport is operated by the city of Timmins, but it’s on its own to pay its bills. 

This is why Dayment said it’s import business resume as soon as possible and he said the new runways will help it land more contracts.

“A couple years we’ve been looking at to get some funding to do … a land use document for future planning.  If someone was to show up and wanted to build a hanger; ground base maintenance facility of some kind; industrial of some kind … we need to get an inventory of what we’re capable of doing.”

Timmins mayor George Pirie agreed and said the Timmins Economic Development Corporation is also working on diversification plans for the city.

“I think you’ve heard me talk about the possibility of having carriers come here to go into the Caribbean and to get into other locations and with Timmins being the hub within northeastern Ontario, northeastern Quebec … we have to have the best possible airport.”

Pre-pandemic, the Timmins Victor M Power Airport checks in approximately one-hundred and eighty thousand passengers a year from around the region on:  passenger, cargo, evacuation, and air ambulance flights, to name a few.

Airport officials look forward to seeing additional flights when pandemic restrictions loosen, however they say that will depend on whether or not people resume travelling again.  Currently Dayment said most flights are mining related. 

He said the airport’s next big project will be to develop the twenty-year strategic plan.

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