Latest Travel News: Emirates Pushes Regular Flight Resumption Until July


Middle East carrier Emirates is looking as if it will not resume regular flights until at least July. After initially suspending operations in March for two weeks, Emirates has been running a skeleton schedule. All flights have been solely to help repatriate citizens to and from the United Arab Emirates. The airline had planned to begin offering more regular flights before the end of May, but this has now been pushed until the 1st of July.

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Borders closed

When the United Arab Emirates closed its borders on the 20th of March, Emirates was forced to suspend operations entirely. However, from the 6th of April, the airline began operations several flights a week to several destinations, including London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich, and Manila, to help stranded travelers return home.

The airline had planned to resume regular flights before the end of May. But due to continued travel restrictions around the world, the airline was forced to reconsider. According to schedule changes reported in Routesonline, the next scheduled flight available for booking is not until the 1st of July. Some routes won’t restart until September.

Emirates is a truly global airline; every single one of its flights is international, so it relies heavily on borders being open. During the coronavirus era, domestic flights are benefitting airlines the most.

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Precautionary measures

Emirates has also released updated information about the steps it is taking to protect staff and passengers. In a statement today, the airline confirmed that “all cabin crew, boarding agents and ground staff in direct contact with passengers will now don personal protective equipment,” including masks, gowns, gloves, and safety visors.

The airline has also followed the lead of several others in removing inflight magazines and other reading material to prevent the spread of germs. Carry-on items are also restricted to avoid bags touching. All passengers will be required to wear a mask and gloves from the moment they check-in until they disembark the plane.


Dubai airport has had marks added, which indicate the correct distance for passengers to remain apart while queueing at the airport. When onboard, all passengers will be seated with at least one vacant seat between them and another passenger.


Emirates safety precautions will not only protect their staff members but should also encourage people to fly. Each aircraft will be thoroughly disinfected at Dubai airport after each journey. The cost and extra effort involved for each flight show how desperately airlines want to get flying again.


Further delays

Of course, Emirates is hoping that by taking health and safety seriously, it will be back in the sky with a somewhat regular schedule by July. This is optimistic, and it may be forced to push the date back again. With many countries talking about closing their borders for most of the summer period, Emirates is not in the best position.

In a statement earlier this month, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates, acknowledged that “our network can only be restored with the easing of travel restrictions, and we maintain close contact with all authorities for latest updates.”

If this is true, then perhaps the airline didn’t just pluck the 1st of July out of the air. Maybe they have information that by then, travel restrictions will have eased. Or perhaps they are just very hopeful. Either way, many airlines around the world will be using Emirates’ decision to help inform their own choices.

Do you think Emirates is too enthusiastic to believe they will be flying again on the 1st of July? What do you think of their safety measures? Will other airlines implement similar changes? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.



How to plan your first post-pandemic trip


The ability to travel is just one of the many luxuries temporarily suspended as the novel coronavirus outbreak continues its spread around the world. For now, we’ve been tasked with putting travel plans on hold and staying home to “flatten the curve.”

But although experts are uncertain whether summer travel will be possible, not all future travel is off the table.

“I’m reminding people this thing is not forever,” says Robert Reiner, a psychologist and executive director at Behavioral Associates. “It has a beginning, a middle and an end.”

In the meantime, we can daydream and use these tips to start planning that glorious first post-pandemic vacation.

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It’s scientifically proven that traveling could increase your happiness level.


It is not very common to see many blog posts about happiness or travel right now when many are under a strict “sit-at-home” instruction. While this is frustrating and demoralizing, a piece of good news is here to cheer up your spirit.

Scientific research has come out with proven results to tell people that, you need a separate bank account for your travel expenses and you should start making plans on that as soon as possible. This is a confirmation of your thirst and hunger for exploring the world.

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A Futurist Predicts How You’ll Be Traveling After Coronavirus


Futurist Glen Hiemstra gives us a glimpse at the ways the travel industry may change as a response to COVID-19.

There’s no sugarcoating it. Travel has been hit hard by the current coronavirus pandemic. Much of the world is on lockdown, many people are unable or unwilling to travel, and flights are operating with decreased frequency. The only thing that seems to be getting through all the closed borders and travel bans right now is the virus itself. It can be hard to see beyond this time of near-total grounding to the trip at the end of the tunnel. However, know that the question is not will travel return but what will it look like when it does?

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Before we start, it’s worth saying that no one knows for sure what lies ahead. Futurist Glen Hiemstra, someone who is paid to forecast and help companies prepare for possible future outcomes, points out that we are still too early in this crisis to know much. “It’s hard to say what the world is going to look like in six months because we know so little about what the world is going to look like in one month.” So, think of this as less about predicting certainties and more about forecasting possibilities.

Even now, in the middle of a pandemic, travel is not dead. It’s having a rough time, but it is not dead. People are still traveling, though mostly (hopefully) for essential-only purposes. When regular travel returns it’s likely to come back in stages and it may not look exactly like we remember—but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.


Where We’ll Start

“It’s hard to say what the world is going to look like in six months because we know so little about what the world is going to look like in one month.”

Domestic and overland travel may finally have a big moment as people dip their toes back in and test the waters. (In fact, over a quarter of polled Fodor’s readers said they’d immediately start traveling domestically when we’re able to, and 52% said they would start after six months, while heading overseas is on the table for 13% and 33% of them, respectfully.) Domestic travel will likely be easier to accomplish, especially if borders remain tight and travel bans are still in place. Hiemstra adds that there might be an “explosion of desire to go to see people” like friends and relatives we’ve been unable to visit while social distancing or on lockdown.

Some of our first getaways might look like camping trips, day trips, visits to national and state parks—in other words, minimal-contact domestic vacations where we don’t have to risk staying in busy hotel rooms, hanging in crowded public spaces, or traveling on cramped planes.

International travel may not see a large comeback until we’re able to get a vaccine in our hands (something that scientists say won’t arrive until, at the earliest, fall 2021, and even then Hiemstra doesn’t think it will become a psychological soother until early 2022), but this kind of self-contained domestic travel has the potential to rebound much sooner. Countries may even encourage it as a way to help rebuild their economy.

When preparing for the future, it’s smart practice to look at the past. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot for us to go on with something like the current coronavirus and COVID-19 situation, especially when it comes to the future of travel. Similar and obvious go-to historical events like the 1918 pandemic of Spanish influenza, the 1929 stock market crash resulting in the Great Depression, and life during both World Wars aren’t great predictors on how coronavirus may affect travel.

Why not? Well, back then we simply weren’t the voracious globetrotters we are today—large-scale commercial travel and aviation didn’t really take off until the 1950s. There also doesn’t seem to be too much out there on the economic collapse of 1987 or the Great Recession in 2008 having a deep negative impact on travel. What we can look at, though, are ways that travel changed after the 2001 September 11th attacks.


There might be an explosion of desire to go to see people like friends and relatives we’ve been unable to visit while social distancing or on lockdown. 

Understandably, air travel suffered most after 9/11 since people were afraid to fly. Airlines responded with deeply-discounted airfares, and budget airlines popped up everywhere, including low-cost spinoffs of major airlines like Delta Song. It’s possible we’ll see this again, and likely not just limited to flights, in order to entice people to get back out there. Actually, it’s already happening. Tour operators, cruises, and flights are going for much less than the usual market rates (and offering free changes and cancelations to boot!). What better way to get psyched about travel than by starting to plan a trip for when this is over?

If people do happen to start traveling internationally before a vaccine is developed, they’ll likely set their sights on destinations that had little or no trouble with coronavirus, or places with stellar recovery rates. There’s only one problem, depending on how soon this happens: the destinations may not want them there. The fear is real and not unfounded. A recent second wave of coronavirus cases in Asia is heavily tied to an uptick in incoming international travel. To help mitigate a second-wave spread, China announced on March 26, 2020, that it would begin temporarily banning foreign visitors—even if they’re holding valid visas and residence permits.


What About Cruises?

“The one [industry] that will struggle to come back quickly will be the cruise industry,” says Hiemstra. “For obvious reasons.” We have already seen how quickly pathogens can spread at-sea (both with the norovirus and the current coronavirus) and how easily it is to get stuck in a hellish, unexpected quarantine on a ship. Plus, many cruisers are in an older, more vulnerable age group and may no longer want to take the risk. Smaller cruise ships and river cruises take note; this might be your time to shine.

However, Hiemstra isn’t counting out megaships just yet since their economics and larger-than-life amenities will be hard to replicate on a small scale. Instead, he said these companies—Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Holland America, and the like—should get to work right now retrofitting their ships while they’re out of service.

“I could imagine those massive cruise ships being retrofitted so there’s a section of 40 or 50 rooms that are essentially quarantinable,” he says. “So, if somebody gets sick, they can instantly reshuffle and create a kind of quarantine section.” He builds out the contingency plan even further by suggesting that they could add a couple more ship doctors, more medical equipment, and different kitchen facilities and staff—and then market that as a safety feature to wary cruisers. Other possibilities could be temperature checks as you board, exit at port, and return at port to ensure no one is ill and possibly infectious—and if you are, you move into quarantine. It’s not fool-proof, but it’s something.

Speaking of temperature checks, it’s a very real possibility that airlines and airports could—or rather should—require routine temperature screenings for passengers before they board a flight. If you’ve ever traveled during an outbreak, you’ve probably already experienced walking through body temperature scanners set up before you enter a cautious country. Besides, it would be easy enough to add to the already-annoying, but widely accepted gamut of TSA and security screenings already in place.


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What’s Not Likely to Change

Traveling to big cities will always be on travelers’ bucket lists. People love being pampered, love their spas, and love being lavish so luxury travel will probably still thrive (maybe even more so if it can offer an extra element of promised protection and exclusivity during travel’s initial reboot). Likewise, adventure travelers probably won’t stop exploring the outdoors. In fact, as we speculated with domestic travel, more nature-starved people may follow in their footsteps when they’re out of lockdown.


The immediate future of travel following this pandemic will not only depend on a vaccine becoming available, but also on how well the travel industry can convince us that we’re safe in their hands.


The immediate future of travel following this pandemic will not only depend on a vaccine becoming available, but also on how well the travel industry can convince us that we’re safe in their hands. Personal finances will be battered, making affordability a key component in how many people start traveling again and how soon. But the truth is, people will always want a vacation and people will always want to travel, it’s just going to take us a little while to find our footing and soothe our anxiety once we are given the green light.

“The number one benefit of the travel industry, the international travel industry, in particular, has been the knitting together of one world and enabling people to see themselves as part of the world rather than separate from it,” Heimstra says.

After weeks of living apart in the present, we can’t imagine a better way to spend our future. We hope you’ll join us when the time comes.



Not working due to lockdown? Here’s how to keep busy and learn new skills

Using time in furlough to invest in personal growth and learning relevant new skills can help people maintain their confidence and motivation, says Namrata Murlidhar, marketing director at LinkedIn Learning.

What furlough means for employees’ pay in the context of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic varies slightly in different parts of the world but it is generally understood as a leave of absence.

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While affected workers will, therefore, have more free time on their hands, activities are also limited to the confines of your home due to widespread lockdown measures during the pandemic.

“Keeping yourself stimulated and finding new ways to learn essential skills can make the eventual return to work smoother or open doors to new opportunities in the future, ” said Murlidhar, urging furloughed workers to also stick to a routine as much as possible.

Jo Cresswell, careers expert at jobs site Glassdoor, said that the increasing number of workers being furloughed “shines a spotlight on the importance of transferable skills.”

This applied to those who have been laid off and who are looking at a possible change of career in order to rejoin the workforce quickly, as well as those looking to hone their abilities to return to their job “stronger and more efficient,” she said.

Key skills that she said are essential to keep polished during this time include active listening, which is not only listening to respond but to also interpret the true meaning of what is being communicated to you and being able to respond accordingly.


Similarly, she highlighted the importance of communication skills, both verbal and written, with a focus on the ability to be “clear, concise and logical.”

Organizational skills are also key, Cresswell said, in maintaining the ability to meet deadlines, multi-task and to “always know the status of any activity point.”


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Digital courses

Dominic Harvey, director at U.K. IT jobs site CWJobs, encouraged people on temporary leave to seek out free online courses to expand their knowledge and existing skillsets, adding that he himself had recently started a Google digital course in marketing.

Another platform is edX, which has a range of free online courses, from top universities like Harvard, including “Modern masterpieces of world literature.” There are also courses focused on soft skills, such as “Creative thinking: Techniques and tools for success” by Imperial College London.

Learning platform Coursera has both free and subscription courses, including soft skill courses like “Improving communication skills” by business school Wharton.

“Workers who undertake these courses will certainly benefit as business and HR leaders will value and recognize the proactivity to diversifying their skill sets during downtime,” Harvey said.

Half of U.K. employers are expecting to furlough staff due to the economic strain put on their business by the pandemic, according to a survey of 301 human resource workers by British body the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, published last week.

Meanwhile, outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas found in a poll of 254 U.S. companies in March, that 37% of employers said that they were likely to furlough employees in the next three months.




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The whole world is affected by the new coronavirus global pandemic. The simplest advice on how to stay safe is to stay home. But what if you have to go somewhere by car? Follow this advice.

The main rule is to minimize contact with others. But if a journey has to be made, protect yourself. “Ideally don’t go anywhere. If you have to go somewhere, go alone – don’t share the car with anyone. If you have to go with someone, make sure that the person does not have acute symptoms of respiratory illness. Use a respirator or at least a facemask. Make sure you have the contact details of all the other passengers so that you can track them down if you find out you’re infected,” says Jana Parmová, chief physician at ŠKODA, outlining the basic rules everyone should follow.

How to stay safe when travelling by car during the coronavirus pandemic

It’s important to keep in mind that even if a car is a kind of mobile isolation unit that allows you to minimize contact with others on necessary journeys like shopping for food, medicine or other essentials, traveling by car is not risk-free.


If you can’t avoid coming into contact with others and going somewhere by car, pay thorough attention to preventive hygiene measures. “Disinfect all the surfaces you touch before and after the journey, especially if you’re sharing the car with someone or gave someone a lift,” Doctor Parmová says.

Parts of the interior you should disinfect

Take this cleaning very seriously: disinfecting the steering wheel, gearstick, handbrake, door handles, radio and infotainment controls would occur to everyone, but don’t forget the stalks on the steering column (indicators and windscreen wipers, cruise control), elbow rests, seat position controls, door frames, and exterior door handles or luggage compartment handle. These principles are even more important for taxi drivers and other drivers who transport passengers.


What should you use to disinfect the car? The Consumer Reports organization, for example, advises using some of the cleaning products you already have at home. At least seventy percent alcohol solution is effective against coronavirus, and isopropyl alcohol won’t do the main surfaces in your car any harm. In fact, it’s what carmakers and their subcontractors use to disinfect parts. To increase your peace of mind, Consumer Reports says you can use alcohol to wipe down the seat upholstery and other soft surfaces in the car. But be careful not to soak them through.

Alcohol should not damage either leather or imitation leather upholstery, but excessively intensive cleaning with alcohol can discolor the material: so don’t scrub the seats and other leather surfaces too hard. After cleaning, though, leather surfaces in the car should be treated with leather protection products.


Never use hydrogen peroxide, for example, which will most likely damage the car’s surfaces. Don’t use cleaning products containing ammonium on touch screens in the car, Consumer Reports advises. Micro-fiber cloths are ideal for cleaning all surfaces and for all cleaning methods.


Facemasks protect others, respirators protect you

Especially if you are traveling with passengers and one of them is at risk of having come into contact with an infected person, use protective gear, meaning facemasks and respirators. A classic fabric facemask won’t protect the wearer against the virus, but it can significantly reduce the risk of the wearer infecting others. So even a basic facemask is a sign of consideration towards the others in the car and can reduce the risk of infection. For genuine protection, you need respirators of FFP3 class at least.

By the way, motorists might not realize this, but many of them will have a facemask in their car’s first-aid kit. In some European countries, facemasks were a compulsory piece of gear; in some countries they still are. So take a look in your first-aid kit – you might have a facemask in it.

Doctor Parmová also advises always thoroughly airing your car after you clean it. And airing is linked to another piece of advice: clean the air-conditioning unit. That does not mean taking the car into a service center – this is really not a good time for that. But you can buy (online, say, or at petrol stations) specialized sprays for cleaning a car’s air-conditioning and ventilation system. Although these are not as effective as professional cleaning, they can again help reduce the risk: the disinfection spray may not wipe out the coronavirus, but having a cleaner heating and air-conditioning system means a lower risk of the virus attaching itself to it.


Filling up safely

If you absolutely have to go somewhere by car, it’s highly likely that you’ll need to buy fuel sooner or later. Don’t forget to be very careful about hygiene at petrol stations. Minimize contact with the staff. Choose a self-service filling station if you can. After filling up your car, immediately wash your hands or at least disinfect them with a hand disinfectant solution – you should have a sufficient quantity of these in your car.

Ideally, use one of the modern methods for paying for your fuel: payment by contactless card or mobile phone, for example. Some petrol stations let you use contactless payment methods right at the pump, so you don’t need to go inside the shop. And incidentally, another way to reduce risk is by making sure the tank is full, so you don’t need to go back to the petrol station soon after.

Although some of the measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus might seem drastic and excessive, care and caution are paramount. The more we respect these measures, the more we reduce the risk of the infection spreading, and the sooner we can get our lives back to normal. So be considerate, minimize contact with others and journeys by car as much as possible, don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly and use disinfectant.