(Reuters) – Air Canada said on Friday it would weigh possible cancellations of Boeing and Airbus aircraft orders after COVID-19 crippled air travel and pushed the carrier to a second quarter loss. FILE PHOTO: An Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 from San Francisco approaches to land at Toronto Pearson International Airport over an Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft parked in Toronto , Ontario, Canada, March 13, 2019. REUTERS / Chris Helgren / File PhotoIt was the airline’s second consecutive quarterly loss as it felt the impact of the pandemic, but said it expected it that cash consumption slowed slightly in the third quarter. Air Canada shares fell 6% in afternoon trading. The carrier blamed Canadian travel restrictions, which it described as among the toughest in the world, even as rising COVID-19 cases in the United States dampen the industry-wide’s hopes of a rapid recovery in air travel. Air Canada cabin crew members echoed the carrier on Friday in urging the Canadian government to bail out the country’s airlines if it did not relax restrictions. “Without the support of government industry and as travel restrictions are extended, we will be looking at other opportunities to further reduce costs and capital, including further road suspensions and possible cancellations.” of Boeing and Airbus planes on order, including the Airbus A220, ”Air Canada chief executive officer Calin Rovinescu told analysts. The A220 is manufactured in the Canadian province of Quebec in a factory previously owned by Bombardier. Canada on Friday extended the ban on foreigners entering the country until August 31. He previously extended restrictions on non-essential travel at U.S. borders until August 21. Canadians entering the country from abroad must self-isolate for two weeks. “We know that the airlines face significant challenges, and we will continue to work with them and closely monitor the situation in the hard-hit aviation sector,” Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in a press release by email. Air Canada expects third quarter capacity to decline by 80%. The airline saw a 96% drop in passengers carried in the second quarter. European airlines have also urged Canada to remove travel restrictions. “So many Canadians write to us and tell us that they want to travel and that the biggest obstacle, and we did our own survey on that, the biggest obstacle (is) quarantine,” Rovinescu said. Air Canada forecasts third quarter net cash consumption of between C $ 15 million ($ 11.18 million) and C $ 17 million per day on average, compared to net cash consumption of approximately C $ 19 million. Canadian dollars per day in the previous quarter. The airline reported a loss of C $ 1.75 billion, or C $ 6.44 per share, in the quarter ended June 30, against profit of C $ 343 million, or C $ 1.26 per share, a year earlier. Reporting by Allison Lampert in Montreal and Sanjana Shivdas in Bangalore. Additional reporting by Julie Gordon in Ottawa; Edited by Aditya Soni, Susan Fenton and Paul Simao Our Standards: Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. .
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s foreign ministry has warned against unnecessary travel to Spain’s Catalonia region – home to Barcelona -, Aragon and Navarre on Friday.
People returning to Germany from this region will be required to go to quarantine for 14 days unless they can give a negative test for COVID-19, the foreign ministry said on its website.
Reporting by Thomas Seythal and Caroline Copley
(Reuters) – There is no ‘zero risk’ strategy for countries easing restrictions on international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, and essential travel for emergencies should remain the priority, the organization said World Health Organization (WHO). FILE PHOTO: A traveler walks through Tegel Airport, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Berlin, Germany, July 29, 2020. REUTERS / Axel Schmidt In an update Long-awaited from its travel advice, the UN agency for global health said cross-border travel for emergencies, humanitarian work, transfer of essential personnel and repatriation would constitute essential travel. “There is no ‘zero risk’ when considering the potential import or export of cases in the context of international travel,” he said in the updated guidance posted on its website Thursday. A wave of new infections in many parts of the world has prompted some countries to reintroduce certain travel restrictions, including screening and quarantining incoming passengers. The WHO announced in June that it would update its travel guidelines before the summer vacation in the northern hemisphere. WHO guidance can be used by governments and industries to help shape policy, but it is not applicable. The updated travel advice is little changed from the previous advice, which also included infection control advice applicable to other parameters such as social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands, and doing so. ‘avoid touching the face. WHO has urged each country to conduct its own risk-benefit analysis before lifting any or all travel restrictions. Authorities should take into account local epidemiology and transmission patterns, he said, as well as national health and social distancing measures already in place. Countries that choose to quarantine all travelers upon arrival should do so after assessing the risks and taking into account local circumstances, the WHO said. “Countries should plan and continually assess their peak capacities to test, track, isolate and manage imported cases and quarantine contacts,” he said. The WHO said this week that international travel bans cannot stay in place indefinitely and that countries will need to do more to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus within their borders. Reporting by Bhargav Acharya and Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Written by Kate Kelland, edited by Diane Craft, Marguerita Choy, Grant McCool and Timothy Heritage Our Standards: Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. .
MONTREAL (Reuters) – Executives of European airlines and airports urged the Canadian government this week to allow a “safe travel restoration” between Canada and Europe, adding industry pressure on Ottawa to that it remove the coronavirus restrictions that have discouraged international air travel. FILE PHOTO: A passenger wears a mask which is now mandatory as a ‘Healthy Airport’ initiative is launched to travel, taking into account social distancing protocols to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to the Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada June 23, 2020. REUTERS / Carlos Osorio In a letter dated July 27, senior executives from nearly a dozen European airlines and airports warned that “since de many countries in the EU (European Union) and Switzerland require reciprocity to restore access, Canada’s entry restrictions and quarantine requirements become problematic. The contents of the letter, sent to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other government ministers, have been reviewed by Reuters. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) air trade group has also called on Ottawa to replace quarantine restrictions with multi-pronged measures, including testing, to reduce the transmission of travel. “We urge the Canadian government to remove general travel restrictions for travelers from countries whose successful control of COVID-19 has significantly reduced risks to Canada,” the IATA CEO said Wednesday , Alexandre de Juniac. The EU has taken steps in recent weeks to ease travel conditions both internally and for citizens of some other countries, including Canada, although Britain has reintroduced a quarantine this week. 14 days for arrivals from Spain. Canada’s borders are closed to all non-citizens except essential workers. Canadians entering the country from abroad must self-isolate for two weeks. Trudeau has rejected repeated calls by Air Canada to ease air travel restrictions in some countries. Experts say Canada is reluctant to ease restrictions on European travelers while maintaining strict rules against citizens of the United States, the country’s largest trading partner, where cases of the coronavirus are on the rise. The July 27 letter was signed by executives from Air France-KLM and the German group Lufthansa, among others. The Trudeau office and Air France-KLM were not immediately available for comment. “Canada should seek to remove restrictions on travel to European Union and Swiss nationals and allow safe, prudent and sensible restoration of travel between two major trading partners,” the leaders said in the letter. . The leaders stressed that the EU and Switzerland are “safe jurisdictions”, with many countries having lower infection rates than Canada. “Canada has made tremendous progress during the pandemic, but it cannot remain isolated forever. Reporting by Allison Lampert in Montreal; Additional reporting by Laurence Frost in Paris and Steve Scherer in Ottawa; Edited by Paul Simao and Bernadette Baum Our Standards: Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. .
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By Ricardo Brito and Marcelo Rochabrun
BRAZIL / SAO PAULO, July 29 (Reuters) – Brazil on Wednesday reopened international air travel to foreign tourists, which have been banned since March, even when the country’s coronavirus outbreak was ranked second worst in the world.
Tourists from all countries can travel to Brazil as long as they have health insurance during their trip, the government said in a decree that did not explain the reason for the decision.
Brazil, the country worst hit by COVID-19 after the United States, reported on Wednesday the number of new deaths and confirmed cases.
Brazil reopens its air borders faster than other countries in the region with less severe outbreaks, such as Colombia, Argentina, Panama and Peru, which remain closed to international commercial flights.
Reuters reported on the government’s intention to allow international air travel early on Wednesday.
While tourists can now visit Brazil, many countries have not yet taken reciprocal action due to the severity of the outbreak. The United States and the European Union, for example, are open for international travel but do not allow tourists from Brazil. (Reporting by Ricardo Brito and Marcelo Rochabrun; Editing by Sandra Maler and Richard Chang)