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Emirates starts its first flights to Frankfurt again

Due to the rapid spread of the corona virus and the measures taken by governments such as border closures, personal mobility and thus travel are extremely restricted. The Federal Foreign Office has also issued a worldwide travel warning for tourist trips due to the pandemic. Here you will regularly find the latest news about the Corona crisis and travel.

Friday April 3rd news

+++ Emirates starts again flights to Frankfurt +++

Emirates Airlines has announced on Twitter that it will resume flights to selected destinations in Europe from next Monday (April 6). Three weekly flights to Frankfurt, Paris and Zurich are planned. The airline from Dubai has received approval from the government of the United Arab Emirates. First and foremost, it is about flying out the foreigners who are stuck in the Emirates.

Emirates will operate Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on these routes in a two-tier configuration with Business Class and Economy Class.

+++ Austrian Airlines leaves their fleet on the ground longer +++

Until now, the Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines’ flight stop was until April 19. The Vienna-based airline has now extended its flight operations due to the corona crisis: Until May 3, there will be no scheduled AUA flights for the time being. However, Austrian will continue to carry out return flights for Austrians who have been stranded abroad. “When regular flight operations can be resumed remains open and depends more on the general conditions than on ourselves,” said AUA board member Andreas Otto.

News from Thursday April 2nd

+++ New Zealand allows thousands of foreigners to return due to the corona crisis +++

Thousands of foreigners trapped in New Zealand due to the Coronavirus crisis, including many Germans, will be able to leave the Pacific on Friday. The Wellington government, which had initially stopped return flights, announced a plan to do so. This will enable the “safe and orderly departure of tens of thousands” of stranded people, said Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters on Thursday.

Returning tourists and foreigners are also allowed to move within the country if they have a confirmed flight. Additional flights between New Zealand and Europe should also be allowed, Peters said. Around 12,000 Germans are stuck in New Zealand, more than anywhere else. There, travelers from the South Sea islands were also drawn together to be able to fly back to Germany.

+++ Trump says cruise passengers in the drama about the “Zaandam” help to +++

There is hope in the drama about the “Zaandam”: US President Donald Trump has pledged to help the passengers of the cruise ship “Zaandam” and the sister ship “Rotterdam” in the corona crisis. “From a humanitarian perspective, we have no choice,” Trump said at the White House on Wednesday evening (local time). “People die.” He added, “We have to do something. And the governor (from Florida, Ron DeSantis) knows that too.” The “Zaandam” and the “Rotterdam” are on their way to Florida, but so far have no permission to dock at the destination port in Fort Lauderdale in the south of the state.

News from Tuesday, March 31st

+++ Florida’s governor does not want to let “Zaandam” passengers into his state +++

The cruise ship “Zaandam” with four deaths and two suspected Corona cases on board is not allowed to land its passengers in the US state of Florida. He sees the situation on board the “Zaandam” as a “big, big problem,” said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. He didn’t want to see people dumping in southern Florida right now who weren’t even from Florida.

The crew of the “Zaandam” actually wanted to steer the ship of the US shipping company Holland America Line to Fort Lauderdale in Florida. The night before, the cruise ship had carried 1,800 passengers on board through the Panama Canal from the Pacific to the Caribbean. A few hours later he was followed by his sister ship “Rotterdam”, which had been dispatched from the US city of San Diego to get the passengers in excellent health on board the “Zaandam”. According to the shipping company, at least two of the 1,800 passengers on the “Zaandam” tested positive for the new corona virus. Four passengers had died.

+++ Dubai wants to postpone World Expo by one year +++

The spread of the corona virus also makes the relocation of this year’s world exhibition in the Gulf Emirate of Dubai more and more likely. The organizers of Expo 2020 Dubai announced after a meeting of the management committee that they supported the proposal to postpone the opening of the world exhibition planned for October by one year.

Cruise ship

The final decision must be made by the international Expo office in Paris. The Secretary General Dimitri Kerkentzes welcomed the proposal, according to the state emirate news agency WAM. The UAE has reported 611 corona cases to date. The country is in the neighborhood of Iran, which is particularly badly affected by the novel virus.

News from Saturday, March 28th

+++ Hundreds of Europeans flown out of Bali +++

Hundreds of European tourists stranded in Bali due to the Corona pandemic were flown out of the holiday paradise on Saturday. “I am happy to be coming home,” said Marco Zeltner, one of an estimated several thousand German tourists who are stuck on the Indonesian holiday island. Two flights had been canceled beforehand, which is why he had been waiting for two weeks. “But it’s okay, Bali is beautiful, so it could have been worse.”

Germany has chartered six flights from Denpasar to Frankfurt am Main since Friday. The British authorities booked seats on two scheduled aircraft to London, and France also organized flights for hundreds of citizens to Paris. According to the French embassy, ​​around 2,000 French tourists were temporarily stuck in Indonesia. The corona pandemic has turned travel all over the world. Many countries have closed their borders and also prohibit switching at their airports. Airlines canceled many flights. So far, there have been 1155 confirmed corona infections in Indonesia, and 102 people have died. The country has the highest number of deaths in Southeast Asia.

Friday March 27 news

+++ Travel industry demands suspension of reimbursement obligation +++

In view of the corona virus crisis, the German travel and aviation industry is demanding a temporary suspension of the refund of canceled package tours and flights. The substantial fixed costs of the companies are virtually no longer offset by revenue, according to a letter published on Friday by the German Travel Association (DRV), the Federal Association of the German Aviation Industry and the Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry to EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

Due to the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen, tourism and air traffic had come to a complete standstill. “If companies in this precarious situation are forced to pay their customers the travel prices paid for trips that could no longer be started within 14 days, many will fall to their knees,” said Norbert Fiebig, President of the DRV. Repayment obligations from the European Package Travel Directive and the Passenger Rights Regulation should therefore be temporarily suspended.

+++ Tui receives KfW loan of 1.8 billion euros +++

The travel company Tui, which was badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic, receives a bridging loan from the state development bank KfW in the amount of 1.8 billion euros. The federal government gave its approval on Friday, the company said in the evening in Hanover. However, the banks of the travel provider would still have to agree to the KfW bridging loan; the talks have already started and are now being continued. The funds from the state development bank are said to increase Tui’s existing credit line with its banks in the amount of 1.75 billion euros. One of the conditions of the KfW bridging loan was therefore that the travel group waived dividend payments during the term of the loan.

This would mean that Tui would currently have funds and credit lines totaling 3.1 billion euros. “The commitment of the KfW bridging loan represents an important first step for TUI to successfully bridge the current exceptional situation,” said Fritz Joussen, CEO of the group. “Our thanks go to the German Federal Government, the German Bundestag, the Lower Saxony State Government and KfW. They acted quickly and in a solution-oriented manner in the interests of our customers, employees and the company.”

News from Wednesday, March 25th

+++ Partly until July 2020: Shipping companies suspend cruises even longer +++

The break is longer: The Italian shipping company Costa Cruises has announced that it will suspend all cruises worldwide until April 30. The shipping company had previously stopped all trips by April 3. Ships that are still under way are now to call at a port in order to let the passengers ashore. Costa belongs to the group of Carnival Cruises, the world’s largest cruise operator.

Royal Caribbean also extends the interruption of all cruises. The international cruise company plans to resume service on May 12. Departures to Alaska, Canada and New England will probably not be possible until July 1, 2020 due to the announced harbor closures. The websites of the shipping companies provide information about the exact dates of the resumption of business and the rebooking arrangements of other brands.

News from Tuesday, the 2nd4th. March:

+++ Ryanair cancels all flights for two months due to corona pandemic +++

About a week ago, Ryanair had already announced that it would cut its offer by up to 80 percent. On Tuesday, Europe’s largest low-cost airline announced that it would suspend all flights for at least two months due to the corona pandemic. The company currently expects no flights to take place in April and May, Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary said in Dublin. Ultimately, it depends on government orders. Nobody knows how long the pandemic will last. However, according to O’Leary, Ryanair is ready to fly back stranded passengers or, for example, to take part in medication deliveries.

+++ More than 120,000 Germans return from abroad within a week +++

Despite massive disabilities in global travel due to the Corona crisis, more than 120,000 Germans returned from abroad within a week. This number was announced by a spokeswoman for the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. The repatriations continued: Around 10,000 Germans are currently returning to Germany every day, many of them with the support of the Federal Government. Hundreds of flights have been used for the retrieval since Tuesday last week – including 40 special flights chartered by the federal government.

In addition to Lufthansa, Condor holiday jets also fly back to Germany. It is the largest return campaign in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany.

In addition to Lufthansa, Condor holiday jets also fly back to Germany. It is the largest return campaign in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. “We will also be launching many special flights this week and will maintain our own regular replacement flight schedule with the destinations Seattle, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Jerez de la Frontera, which will ensure basic infrastructure provision,” says Ralf Teckentrup, the head of Condor.

Another 35 special flights are currently in preparation. Recalls were currently underway from Egypt, Algeria, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, The Gambia, India, Morocco, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines and Tunisia. So far 30,000 of 35,000 German travelers have returned from Egypt, 3,000 from 4,700 from the Dominican Republic, 6,000 from 6,600 from Morocco, 7,000 from 15,000 from South Africa. 29,000 Germans have returned from Turkey, 30,000 from Spain.

+++ United Arab Emirates prohibit passenger flights +++

All passenger flights to the United Arab Emirates are canceled for at least two weeks from Wednesday. Transit flights are also affected by the ban. The airports in Abu Dhabi are important hubs for Etihad Airways and Dubai for Emirates Airlines.

“According to the latest government directive from the United Arab Emirates, Emirates will temporarily suspend all passenger flights from March 25, 2020,” said a press spokesman at the request of the star. “Emirates continues to operate freighter flights, helping to maintain key international airfreight connections for business and society. ” Etihad Airways will also stop all passenger flights to and from Abu Dhabi from 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a press release.

News from Monday, the 2nd3rd. March:

+++ yawning emptiness because of Corona – last tourists leave Mallorca +++

An open hotel – for only one guest: The holiday center Platja de Palma on Mallorca, which is usually popular with Germans, is currently in an exceptional state. “The last

Holidaymakers will be returning home today, but at the latest tomorrow, “said the managing director of the hotel association. The seven guests who had stayed before had already started their journey home on Sunday.

In mid-March, the Spanish government announced the alarm and imposed a nationwide curfew. Immediately afterwards, hoteliers and tour operators in Mallorca had started organizing return flights for tourists scattered all over the island. The vacationers as well as the locals were affected by the strict curfew.

News from March 21st:

+++ Emirates temporarily ceases all flights to Germany +++

One of the largest international airlines will soon be flying to fewer destinations worldwide and in Europe. According to the news agency Reuters and airlive.net, in addition to the New York airports JFK and Newark, airports in countries such as France and Germany are no longer served. Flight operations to and from Dubai are to be discontinued “until further notice” from March 23. In Germany, the routes from Munich, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Hamburg to Dubai would then be affected.

Emirates flew from Dubai to Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg and Düsseldorf with the Airbus A380.

Emirates flew from Dubai to Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg and Düsseldorf with the Airbus A380.

In the past few days, Emirates had switched several flights from the Airbus A380 to the smaller Boeing 777, and deleted some flight pairs altogether. Short-term departures from Germany will also not be available on the website from next week. Other media reports say Emirates is considering leaving all of its Airbus A380 jets on the ground.

Friday, March 20 news:

+++ Tui suspends worldwide travel program until April 23rd +++

Travel company Tui, which has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, has suspended its entire travel program until April 23. With the decision, Tui wants to give holidaymakers planning security for the Easter holidays. Vacationers whose Tui trip falls within this period would be informed. Tui had previously suspended his program until March 27.

“At the moment we are working around the clock to bring all vacationers home safely and reliably,” said Marek Andryszak from Tui. Up to 40 Tuifly flights therefore start every day with holidaymakers from Egypt, Spain, Madeira and Cape Verde. “This is the largest return campaign in our company’s history. With more than 350 flights, we have been bringing back several tens of thousands of German guests since Sunday,” said Andryszak.

+++ Three corona cases on cruise ship off Sydney +++

Two passengers and a crew member of a cruise ship in Sydney have tested positive for the corona virus. The “Ruby Princess”, on which 2,700 passengers and 1,100 crew members were, had landed in front of the Australian metropolis on Thursday after a trip around New Zealand. Then 13 people were tested who felt uncomfortable. The rest were sent home with the requirement to stay at home for 14 days.

News from Thursday, March 19:

+++ Lufthansa cuts flight program even more +++

The Lufthansa Group is cutting its flight program even more than previously known due to the corona crisis. Until April 19, only about five percent of the originally planned flights would take place, the Dax group announced on Thursday when presenting the annual balance in Frankfurt. Around 700 of the Group’s 763 passenger jets remained on the ground for the time being. For the time being, Lufthansa only offers long-distance connections from Frankfurt and three times a week from Zurich with its subsidiary Swiss. In Munich, only short-haul flights of the Cityline branch are to take off. The machines are primarily intended to bring Germans back from abroad.

CEO Carsten Spohr was still unable to forecast business development this year. “The spread of the corona virus has placed the entire global economy and our company in an unprecedented state of emergency,” said the manager. Nobody can foresee the consequences at the moment. “The longer this crisis lasts, the more likely it is that the future of aviation cannot be guaranteed without government aid.”

+++ Australia and New Zealand close borders in the fight against coronavirus +++

Australia and New Zealand are closing their borders in the fight against the further spread of the novel corona virus. Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday that entry into the country would be prohibited on Friday night for anyone who is not a citizen or has a permanent right of residence. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the entry ban applies to all tourists, visa holders such as students, and holders of a temporary work permit.

Australia and New Zealand have implemented a number of measures to slow the spread of the virus, but have so far refrained from school closings and other regulations restricting freedom of movement. So far, Australia has registered 642 confirmed cases of infection, New Zealand 28 cases. According to Morrison, around 80 percent of Australian people were infected overseas or by returning from abroad.

News from Tuesday, March 17th:

+++ Balearic Islands government calls 25,000 tourists to leave the islands +++

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the regional government of the Balearic Islands has called on all tourists remaining on Mallorca and the other Spanish islands to return to their homes as soon as possible. There is no point in people being locked up in the hotels, regional president Francina Armengol said on Tuesday.

An “Operation Return” is being worked on for all foreign and Spanish visitors to the islands, she said. On Monday, 25 special flights had already started from the Balearic airports, mainly towards Germany and England. At the same time, 67 regular flights were canceled, according to the authorities.

Pilots on landing

The deletions and overbooking had caused considerable concern and unrest among tourists who wanted to return home, especially at the airport in Palma, the regional newspaper “Diario de Mallorca” reported. The Federal Foreign Office launched a return campaign for thousands of Germans who are stuck abroad due to travel restrictions in the coronavirus crisis. According to Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, up to 50 million euros will be made available for this.

+++ return campaign: thousands of German tourists are stuck abroad +++

The federal government has launched an unprecedented return campaign for thousands of Germans stranded abroad due to the corona crisis. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas spoke on Tuesday of an “airlift” especially for vacationers in Morocco, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Egypt and the Maldives. At the same time, Maas issued a formal, worldwide travel warning for tourist trips. That has never happened before. Travel warnings are usually only issued when there is a risk to life and limb, especially for countries in the civil war like Syria, Afghanistan or Yemen. You can enable free cancellations.

According to Maas, there are 4,000 to 5,000 people in Morocco alone. The government in Rabat had shut down almost all international transportation – flights and ferries – on Sunday through March 31. The Dominican Republic in the Caribbean has suspended all flights to and from Europe for a month since Monday. Egypt will follow on Thursday. It is now planned that planes will be chartered, especially to bring package tourists back home. The stranded would be brought back “over the next few days,” said Maas. Affected people can visit the Federal Foreign Office website Inform about further planning and sign up for a crisis preparedness list.

Monday, March 16 news:

+++ Canada issues entry ban because of new coronavirus +++

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Canada is also imposing an entry ban for foreigners. However, this initially does not apply to Americans, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a press conference in Ottawa on Monday. He called on all Canadians abroad to go home immediately: “When you are abroad, it is time for you to come home.” Returnees in particular would have to go into voluntary isolation. Canada and the United States share a border thousands of kilometers long and are closely linked economically. Trudeau called for solidarity with others: “Call your friends and family, think of your community.”

+++ Egypt, Algeria and Jordan restrict air traffic +++

Egypt has announced that it will suspend all international flights from Thursday through March 31. This should prevent an outbreak, Prime Minister Mustafa Madbuli said on Monday. To date, 126 Sars-CoV-2 infections and two deaths have been reported in Egypt. “Citizens have a responsibility, they shouldn’t act negligent or underestimate the situation,” said Madbuli.

Algeria said it will suspend all flights to and from Europe on Thursday. The government did not say how long this regulation would apply. 54 people are officially infected in Algeria.

In Jordan, all flights will be suspended for the time being from Tuesday. Returnees from abroad are quarantined there for 14 days in state-provided facilities and hotels. Jordan has reported a total of 18 cases, including six French and one British tourist.

The government of Lebanon had previously announced that it would close all borders, the country’s only airport and ports in the country as of Wednesday. The regulation is valid until March 29th.

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