Emirates has begun conducting on-site rapid COVID-19 tests for passengers.

Passengers on a flight to Tunisia were all tested for COVID-19 before departing from Dubai. The airline is the first airline to conduct on-site rapid COVID-19 tests for passengers.

The quick blood test was conducted by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and results were available within ten minutes. This test was conveniently done at the Group Check-in area of Dubai International Airport Terminal 3.

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Ryanair boss predicts “massive discounting” post coronavirus

Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary is predicting an airline price war when global travel restrictions are lifted, which traditional airlines may struggle to keep up with.

O’Leary told Reuters that “When this thing is over there is going to be such massive discounting going on that there will be a large spike upward in travel and tourism for a period of time”.

O’Leary also predicted “a bumper year in terms of earnings” in 2021, with low fares offset by low oil prices, and “much more incentives at airports for growth”.

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Coronavirus: How will airlines get flying again?

Aviation is the most global of global industries. It employs millions of people, underpins the livelihoods of tens of millions more, and acts as part of the central nervous system of international business and leisure.

Yet now vast parts of the network have been shut down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The number of daily flights has fallen by 80% since the start of the year, and in some regions nearly all passenger traffic has been suspended.

The industry is in survival mode, with airlines, airports and ground-handling firms all desperate to conserve their cash reserves, while their normal revenue streams have dried up.

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Airline that grounded most flights implementing new safety measures ahead of takeoff

What will flying look like post COVID-19?

Emirates Airlines provides clues
Airline that grounded most flights implementing new safety measures ahead of takeoff.

Traveling is sure to look different when the coronavirus pandemic subsides.

Helane Becker, an analyst with the investment bank Cowen, told Forbes it could take two to five years before airline passenger numbers return to the levels of 2019.

Even in the midst of the pandemic, there are previews of possible changes to the future of flight.


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COVID-19 Restriction Trends

May 1, 2020

  • Many restrictions that were set to expire this week have been extended two weeks to mid-May. We view these 2-week extensions as a positive sign versus 4-week extensions. Mid-May is now the next major milestone we’ll be watching.
  • A number of countries have modified their restrictions to now allow for tech stops. A few of them have opened for crew rest.
  • This week our operations teams saw a marked increase in trip inquires for business and leisure flights for June—a positive sign that more flight departments are thinking about getting back to flying


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