Travel Tour – Corfulinas Travel http://corfulinastravel.com/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 02:11:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://corfulinastravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-5-150x150.png Travel Tour – Corfulinas Travel http://corfulinastravel.com/ 32 32 Airbnb CEO says future of flexible work and travel will drive business https://corfulinastravel.com/airbnb-ceo-says-future-of-flexible-work-and-travel-will-drive-business/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 00:00:00 +0000 https://corfulinastravel.com/airbnb-ceo-says-future-of-flexible-work-and-travel-will-drive-business/ Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky told CNBC on Friday that a post-Covid pandemic future with flexible living and working arrangements would be a boon for the company. Chesky, who is on a national airbnb stay tour in a bid to “enhance the experience” for customers, he expects the continued adoption of remote working to […]]]>

Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky told CNBC on Friday that a post-Covid pandemic future with flexible living and working arrangements would be a boon for the company.

Chesky, who is on a national airbnb stay tour in a bid to “enhance the experience” for customers, he expects the continued adoption of remote working to create a new segment of working travelers.

“They can do what I can do — I run a pretty big business from a laptop with someone else’s WiFi at home,” Chesky said on “TechCheck.” “If I can do my job from a home in Atlanta, that means a lot of people could travel all over the world and live, not just travel.”

Chesky said Airbnb’s plan to capture this new segment is to generate experiences that make guests feel like they’re living in a community rather than traveling to a temporary destination. Chesky didn’t give details on how the home rental company will go about it, but he said the improvements to its services will come in time for an expected increase in travel this summer.

The chief executive also said he expected bookings to skyrocket once restrictions on international travel eased.

“There’s a huge boom coming to Airbnb,” Chesky said. “Before the pandemic, half of our business was cross-border. As borders reopen, it will be another tailwind for us.”

Airbnb shares are negative for the year, having lost nearly 6% so far in 2022. However, the stock has held up better than other growth-focused companies and the broader Nasdaq Composite, at strong technological component, which is down about 12% since the beginning of the year. .

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training trip brings Thunderbirds to New Mexico, Arizona | California News https://corfulinastravel.com/training-trip-brings-thunderbirds-to-new-mexico-arizona-california-news/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 05:07:00 +0000 https://corfulinastravel.com/training-trip-brings-thunderbirds-to-new-mexico-arizona-california-news/ TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, NM (AP) — The Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force’s air demonstration squadron, have begun a month-long training trip to New Mexico and Arizona in preparation for their show season 2022. The unit based at Nellis Air Force Base in metro Las Vegas arrived last week at the New Mexico spaceport near Truth […]]]>

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, NM (AP) — The Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force’s air demonstration squadron, have begun a month-long training trip to New Mexico and Arizona in preparation for their show season 2022.

The unit based at Nellis Air Force Base in metro Las Vegas arrived last week at the New Mexico spaceport near Truth or Consequences for two weeks of training and will then move to Fort Huachuca, a military base in Sierra Vista, Arizona, for the second of the trip. workout leg.

The training is not open to the public, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

“Both of these sites are excellent training environments, each serving different purposes,” said Lt. Col. Justin Elliott, Thunderbirds commander and chief. “The show season subjects the team to challenging and ever-changing environments, both in the air and on the ground. Training in new and different environments will allow the team to flex the necessary muscles to ensure our demonstration is accurate despite changing conditions.

After training in Mexico and Arizona, the team will continue training with the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, at Naval Air Facility El Centro in California.

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The Thunderbirds show schedule begins March 19 at Luke Air Force Base in metro Phoenix and ends at Nellis on November 5-6.

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A couple’s dream holiday has been ruined after a tour operator mistake left them with just £20 spending money https://corfulinastravel.com/a-couples-dream-holiday-has-been-ruined-after-a-tour-operator-mistake-left-them-with-just-20-spending-money/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 09:21:27 +0000 https://corfulinastravel.com/a-couples-dream-holiday-has-been-ruined-after-a-tour-operator-mistake-left-them-with-just-20-spending-money/ A COUPLE have been devastated after their dream vacation was ruined due to a tour operator mistake. The couple ended up with just £20 spending money for a four-day stay in New York. 4 Michael Hulme’s trip to New York was ruined after a tour operator mistake left him with just £20 spending moneyCredit: BPM […]]]>

A COUPLE have been devastated after their dream vacation was ruined due to a tour operator mistake.

The couple ended up with just £20 spending money for a four-day stay in New York.

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Michael Hulme’s trip to New York was ruined after a tour operator mistake left him with just £20 spending moneyCredit: BPM

Michael Hulme had pre-booked a £1,168 holiday package through tour operator Hays Travel.

However, after he and his partner Kerry Barlow arrived in the Big Apple, they found their hotel hadn’t been paid for.

Michael was then forced to foot the $800 bill, and the couple were left with just $28 (£20) pocket money for the entire trip.

He contacted Hays Travel who told him he would receive a refund within 28 days – too late for the couple to afford some of the city’s top attractions.

The 59-year-old, from Stoke, was forced to ask Kerry’s brother to loan them some money so they could make the most of their ‘once in a lifetime trip’.

Michael told the Stoke Sentinel“The trip was a surprise for my partner and a unique break in her life because it was a place she had always wanted to go.

“I paid for the vacation package in monthly instalments and it was all paid for in March 2021.

“But when we got to the hotel, they said our room hadn’t been paid for.

He was forced to pay $800 upon arrival at the hotel, which he believed had already been paid

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He was forced to pay $800 upon arrival at the hotel, which he believed had already been paidCredit: BPM
He and his partner couldn't afford to do some of New York's best attractions on their "once in a lifetime" trip

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He and his partner couldn’t afford to do some of New York’s top attractions on their ‘once in a lifetime’ tripCredit: BPM

“I contacted Hays Travel and they said the holiday had been canceled and re-booked. But as far as I was concerned it had been paid for.

“If it had been cancelled, why were we still told we could still go on vacation?”

Hays Travel confirmed Michael’s money would be refunded, but it would take him up to 28 days to get his $800 back.

Michael said: “We were only there for four days and we couldn’t wait 28 days, it was our pocket money for the attractions. I only had $28 left on my card. Luckily I had $400 in cash that we could use for food.”

He added: “It was very stressful and I don’t want anyone else to go through the same thing. It just ruined the holiday.

“I was having panic attacks, I was suffering from a bit of depression and my anxiety set in.

“You come all this way not expecting trouble, but we were stuck in this situation and my partner was in tears. I was in real trouble, I didn’t know what we could do.”

Hays Travel reportedly apologized to Michael and Kerry and gave them £100 as a token of goodwill.

A spokesperson said: “We were extremely sorry to learn of the confusion over Mr Hulme’s hotel arrangements. We have arranged for him to receive a full refund, plus compensation, as soon as possible. .”

The tour operator blamed the hotel for the “confusion”, but the Gallivant Times Square Hotel said it was not its fault either.

A spokesperson said: “This booking was canceled by a third party website on March 22, 2021.”

Michael and Kerry aren’t the only ones to have their vacation plans ruined at the last minute.

A family of five’s first overseas holiday was ruined after easyJet canceled their flight after arriving at the airport.

Another family experienced a similar scenario after Ryanair canceled their flight 45 minutes before takeoff.

A family of four have won £2,000 after airline mistakes delayed their holiday by three days.

Michael criticized Hays Travel for the error and vowed never to use them again

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Michael criticized Hays Travel for the error and vowed never to use them againCredit: BPM
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Expiration of travel credits in the event of a pandemic: what are the rules? https://corfulinastravel.com/expiration-of-travel-credits-in-the-event-of-a-pandemic-what-are-the-rules/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 17:00:06 +0000 https://corfulinastravel.com/expiration-of-travel-credits-in-the-event-of-a-pandemic-what-are-the-rules/ In late 2019, Cheryl Winton and her family planned a trip to Fort Myers, Florida. When the pandemic hit, this trip, scheduled for spring 2020, was canceled, just as travel was halted for millions around the world at that time. The $1,700 paid by Winton to FlightHub – a company she had used on several […]]]>

In late 2019, Cheryl Winton and her family planned a trip to Fort Myers, Florida.

When the pandemic hit, this trip, scheduled for spring 2020, was canceled, just as travel was halted for millions around the world at that time.

The $1,700 paid by Winton to FlightHub – a company she had used on several occasions – was not refunded, but a credit for future travel on WestJet was offered.

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A year later, Winton and his family still didn’t feel comfortable boarding a plane to the Sunshine State, so they didn’t book any new flights. The travel credit was due to expire on October 25, 2021.

“It wasn’t safe to travel,” Winton said in a TV interview outside his home in Alton, Ont.

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She says she repeatedly tried to get a response from FlightHub and WestJet about whether flight credits would be extended again given the surge in Omicron cases and the federal government’s demand on Canadians. postpone non-essential travel outside the country.

“It was a total rush,” Winton said, referring to his efforts to get a response from travel agencies.

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The rules governing travel credits vary from province to province.

“It’s probably the number one complaint of the pandemic,” said Richard Smart, CEO of the Travel Industry Council of Ontario, or TICO.

The organization administers the province’s travel industry law and regulates approximately 2,400 registered travel wholesalers and retailers in Ontario.

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“We impose a one-year minimum requirement on these vouchers,” Smart said, adding that some registered travel organizations have extended them to two years or more. Some travel credits had no expiration, Smart said.

“In most cases…they extended those credits. It’s often in their interest to extend credit so the consumer will come back to them,” Smart said.


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Although TICO does not have the authority to require individual airlines to issue credits for a specific period, consumers who have purchased travel through their vacation affiliate – such as Air Canada Vacations, Sunwing Vacations or Vacations WestJet – that’s another story.

“If the consumer has dealt with the vacation arm of those airlines, we often facilitate those discussions and go back to the TICO agency and they work with their airlines. We have a good track record of extending their vouchers,” Smart said.

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But TICO cannot require extensions beyond one year, Smart said, adding that extensions are made on a goodwill basis.

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In Winton’s case, TICO was unable to intervene because FlightHub is registered in Quebec and is governed by a different provincial regulator.

When Global News contacted FlightHub, the company almost immediately agreed to extend Winton’s credit.

“The customer now has until March 31, 2022 to book a new trip,” the company told Global News in an email.

“We have also submitted a special request to the airline to further extend the deadline beyond this date,” the spokesperson wrote.

Winton, contacted directly by Westjet shortly after the Global News interview, said the airline assured her it could get another 13-month extension beyond the March 31 deadline.

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Consumers facing expiring credits are encouraged to write to their travel agent, tour operator or airline to request an extension if they do not yet feel comfortable traveling.

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Smart said that with high consumer call volumes, it’s best to avoid using the phone and instead use a travel provider’s online options.

“Yes, it will take a little longer to get back to them, but it’s definitely better than waiting six, seven, eight or nine hours on a call waiting to go through.”

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Karrie Webb returns to the LPGA Tour – PGA of Australia https://corfulinastravel.com/karrie-webb-returns-to-the-lpga-tour-pga-of-australia/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 02:06:49 +0000 https://corfulinastravel.com/karrie-webb-returns-to-the-lpga-tour-pga-of-australia/ As some of Australia’s top young women play for the trophy fashioned in her honour, Karrie Webb is planning a return to golf on the LPGA Tour. But before you blink twice and sit up straight, this is an experimental thing. When Webb takes a spot in the Gainbridge LPGA in Boca Rio from January […]]]>

As some of Australia’s top young women play for the trophy fashioned in her honour, Karrie Webb is planning a return to golf on the LPGA Tour.

But before you blink twice and sit up straight, this is an experimental thing.

When Webb takes a spot in the Gainbridge LPGA in Boca Rio from January 27, it will be his first start on a tour since 2020.

However, the World Golf Hall of Fame member said proximity to her home in Florida – the tournament is less than half an hour away – was important in her decision, which is based on testing her ability to withstand the rigors of tournament golf again.

“So I’m preparing for the exam as they say, I’m putting in the hours again to see if I can be strong enough to play in a tournament,” she told ABC’s Quentin Hull today. Sport.

“So we’ll see how it goes, but if I’m not going to play in a tournament when I can play at home, then I’m probably not going to play anymore, so I better play when I need to travel more.

Webb told the ABC that she suffered a neck injury in recent years and wanted to pressure test her.

But she rejected any idea of ​​playing golf full-time again.

“I don’t really see a full-time or part-time schedule, really. It would just be a handful of events here and there, events that I love,” Webb said.

“And obviously I want to play in Australia again. It’s definitely on the schedule for sure. Other than that, nothing set in stone at this stage.”

The seven-time major winner last played full-time in America in 2017. She played a limited schedule in 2018 and 2019 and just three events, including two in Australia, in 2020.

The first Karrie Webb Cup will be presented to the winner of the Fortinet Australian WPGA Championship at Royal Queensland on Sunday.

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BCCI Plan B: IPL in South Africa or Sri Lanka https://corfulinastravel.com/bcci-plan-b-ipl-in-south-africa-or-sri-lanka/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 02:10:21 +0000 https://corfulinastravel.com/bcci-plan-b-ipl-in-south-africa-or-sri-lanka/ The best Indian cricketers could return to South Africa in a few months. With India’s Covid-19 curve showing an alarming recovery, the BCCI has put in place a contingency plan to host the next Indian Premier League on foreign shores. In case the wave of the virus does not abate by April, when the newly […]]]>

The best Indian cricketers could return to South Africa in a few months. With India’s Covid-19 curve showing an alarming recovery, the BCCI has put in place a contingency plan to host the next Indian Premier League on foreign shores. In case the wave of the virus does not abate by April, when the newly expanded 10-team event is expected to kick off, the Indian board is inclined to move IPL season 15 to South Africa, which previously hosted the T20 league in 2009. BCCI is also exploring Sri Lanka’s option by putting its pandemic plan B on paper.

We learn that following the increase in the number of Covids and the increase in the positivity rate, the office of the BCCI secretary, Jay Shah, has been forced to redesign the 2021 schedule of the BCCI. Around the time that the postponement of the Ranji Trophy tournament was announced, discussions about a possible change of IPL were initiated. Later, when the Cooch Behar National Under-19 Trophy had to be shut down halfway due to several positive cases, details began to take shape.

Unlike the last two years when the flagship event of the BCCI with an international flavor was held entirely and partially in the United Arab Emirates due to the pandemic situation in the country, the Indian board of directors wanted this time to look at the – beyond the Gulf site. “We can’t depend on UAE all the time, so we decided to explore more options, South Africa’s jet lag works well for gamers as well,” BCCI official said. .

With India 3 hours and 30 minutes ahead of South Africa, the IPL matches, unlike the United Arab Emirates or India, would not end last night. In case the broadcasters stick to their preferred first start of 7:30 p.m. IST, the first point of the game in South Africa will be pitched at 4 p.m. Over the years, gamers have often complained that IPL games end well after midnight. Erratic game schedules, along with constant plane travel, deprived players of time for rest and recovery. .

The other factor that made the Indian board look to South Africa was the success of the current series and also the India A tour before that. Feedback from the test team played a key role in BCCI’s decision. While the team have been in a bio-bubble since the tour began last month, the sprawling hotels and resorts that the hosts, the South African Cricket Council, have booked for the tour are a welcome relief for the players. Since the sport restarted in a time of a pandemic, there has been concern about the mental health of players as they have been in isolation for long periods of time. With the IPL made up of 10 teams this time around, Season 15 will be the longest ever.

“The place where the team was staying for the second test spans several hectares. There were walking trails and even a pond on the property, which made it easier for players who for the past two years or so have been confined to their rooms on several overseas tours, ”he said. declared an official.

Before the Indian team landed in South Africa last month, there were doubts surrounding the tour. This was around the time when South Africa identified the new variant of Covid-19 Omicron. There was a global panic as the province of Gauteng, which was to host the first two tests, had seen a spike in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations. The Dutch team had cut the tour short and the India A series was under a cloud of uncertainty. These events forced the board of directors of the SA and the BCCI to change the dates of the tour and to delay the start of the Test series. However, with the strict implementation of the Covid protocol and the dramatic drop in the spread of the virus, the Test series has gone uninterrupted so far.

With new Covid-19 data emerging from South Africa indicating a daily drop in infections, within months the perception of South Africa as a sporting destination has changed.

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ACA chief Todd Greenberg will travel with the Australian team to Pakistan if the tour is approved https://corfulinastravel.com/aca-chief-todd-greenberg-will-travel-with-the-australian-team-to-pakistan-if-the-tour-is-approved/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 08:46:49 +0000 https://corfulinastravel.com/aca-chief-todd-greenberg-will-travel-with-the-australian-team-to-pakistan-if-the-tour-is-approved/ Australian Cricket Association chief Todd Greenberg said he would accompany the country’s players to Pakistan if final safety approvals for the tour were given. In what was a pleasant development between the two countries, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced some time ago that the Australian team will visit Pakistan for the first time since […]]]>

Australian Cricket Association chief Todd Greenberg said he would accompany the country’s players to Pakistan if final safety approvals for the tour were given.

In what was a pleasant development between the two countries, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced some time ago that the Australian team will visit Pakistan for the first time since 1998 for three ODIs, three Tests and a T20I. . The two teams met in the United Arab Emirates between these two periods.

However, final safety approval from Cricket Australia is pending and Todd Greenberg has been quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald as saying the players will not be going to Pakistan alone and will be traveling with them.

“I assured the players that they would not go alone. If they go to Pakistan, I will go with them and I think that’s important. This is the opportunity to show the players that we are in the same boat. ACA accompanied Cricket Australia on a pre-tour to Pakistan late last year, and the reports were all very positive ”, he said.

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“But we will continue to follow the advice of DFAT and other government organizations, as we need to be able to satisfy not only the players, but also their families, which it is safe to turn. There may be one or two players who won’t be comfortable despite the best advice we give, and that’s okay, we have to respect that. he added.

We must respect the balance between cricket and mental health: Todd Greenberg

During the ongoing COVID pandemic, cricket has been played in strict bio-bubble environments where movement of players is restricted and even family members are not allowed to travel due to different protocols in different countries.

Todd Greenberg believes there needs to be a balance between meeting international commitments and giving players the option to opt out of tours if they feel the need to.

ACA chief Todd Greenberg will travel with the Australian team to Pakistan if the tour is approved

“We have to be kind and patient with each other, and there will be a player or two who say, ‘You know what, it’s not for me at this particular point in my life and my career, I don’t am not comfortable going. ‘. If this is the case, we must have great respect for it ”, Greenberg had told SEN Radio during the Sydney Ashes Test.

Testing will take place in Karachi (March 3-7), Rawalpindi (March 12-16) and Lahore (March 21-25), while Lahore will be the venue for the four white ball matches to be played on March 29. to April 5. The tests will be played as part of the ICC World Test Championship, while the ODIs will be connected to the Super League of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

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What it’s really like to drive the Outback https://corfulinastravel.com/what-its-really-like-to-drive-the-outback/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://corfulinastravel.com/what-its-really-like-to-drive-the-outback/ The BBC’s promotional text for The Tourist promises an Outback world of “quirky and enigmatic characters” and there were plenty of them along my route – most notably in the old mining town of Coober Pedy. Dump piles are everywhere, extreme daytime temperatures – up to 50C. For this reason, 70% of the population lives […]]]>

The BBC’s promotional text for The Tourist promises an Outback world of “quirky and enigmatic characters” and there were plenty of them along my route – most notably in the old mining town of Coober Pedy. Dump piles are everywhere, extreme daytime temperatures – up to 50C. For this reason, 70% of the population lives underground, in hollowed-out houses.

The city’s population of around 2,000 includes nearly 50 nationalities who switched decades ago in hopes of finding priceless opals in the sandstone. Most did not stay but stayed, forging a unique and eccentric desert community. Among them was Dimitrius “Jimmy” Nikoloudis, who arrived “directly from Greece” in the 1960s and worked for decades as a miner. “There is no science in opal mining,” he told me, “just luck or, more likely, lack of it. Just throw a stone and, where it lands, dig a hole.

Luck had seldom been a lady to Nikoloudis, but he seemed a contented soul who had found a place to belong to. After serving as a volunteer ambulance driver, English-Cantonese and sign language interpreter, and president of the Coober Pedy Shooting Club, he now worked as a tour guide.

When you live in an environment that feels like a vision of a hellish future – and indeed the surrounding desert has provided backdrops for movies like Mad Max 3 and Pitch Black – it’s natural to want to humanize it. The hills of Coober Pedy are covered in a surreal veneer of suburban amenities that Nikoloudis drove me around in his van.


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Airlines assess what went wrong after two weeks of flight cancellations https://corfulinastravel.com/airlines-assess-what-went-wrong-after-two-weeks-of-flight-cancellations/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 20:47:00 +0000 https://corfulinastravel.com/airlines-assess-what-went-wrong-after-two-weeks-of-flight-cancellations/ Then the Omicron variant of Covid-19 arrived. With its headquarters in New York City leading the country in new cases, JetBlue was quickly overwhelmed. Daily sickness calls have more than quadrupled. On December 21, JetBlue did not cancel any flights. Four days later, on Christmas Day, he cut 12% of his schedule. “Because of the […]]]>

Then the Omicron variant of Covid-19 arrived. With its headquarters in New York City leading the country in new cases, JetBlue was quickly overwhelmed. Daily sickness calls have more than quadrupled. On December 21, JetBlue did not cancel any flights. Four days later, on Christmas Day, he cut 12% of his schedule.

“Because of the exponential increase, you get to a point where you are exhausting all of your available reserves,” said Managing Director Robin Hayes.

Airlines are grappling with one of the most serious and persistent mass cancellation events of the past decade, according to data compiled by FlightAware. Covid-19 infections in the United States have grown too rapidly for carriers to handle without disrupting vacation travel, wreaking havoc on already stretched airline workforces. Now, carriers are assessing how to better handle what could continue to be a difficult time, at least for the next few weeks.

Airlines canceled more than 3,000 US flights and delayed more than 5,000 on Monday. The new wave of cancellations and delays comes as the surge in Covid-19 infections in the United States has left the airline industry stretched. Photo: Chandan Khanna / AFP / Getty Images

Airlines have canceled more than 1,000 daily flights to the United States for 13 consecutive days, including more than 2,500 on Friday as another winter storm brought snow to Boston and New York.

Flights cleaned from Christmas Eve to Jan.6 topped 24,000, about 7% of the number of airlines planned to fly, according to flight tracking service FlightAware.

For airlines, the upheaval of the pandemic is entering a new phase. Unlike in early 2020, when terrified passengers canceled trips en masse, the new variants are shaking but not decimating the appetite for travel. But airlines are still rebuilding their operations. The twin challenges of the growing number of employees calling sick after being infected or exposed to Covid-19, and a series of severe winter storms that hit major centers from Seattle to Chicago to Washington, DC, created the conditions ideal for the chaos of travel.

It became clear that a problem was brewing at the start of Christmas week, said Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA.

“Thanksgiving went off without a hitch. We had two advantages: we didn’t have an Omicron and we didn’t have winter storms, ”she said. “No one saw Omicron coming.”

The problems escalated as more and more workers became infected. “I was getting notices that entire crews were testing positive and that they were out of the country, in a place where they didn’t have other crews. There is no way to get this plane back, ”said Nelson.

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Delta Airlines Inc.

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was the first to point out the potential for disruption. On December 21, CEO Ed Bastian, along with the airline’s director of health and a medical adviser, asked the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to consider halving the recommended isolation period. for fully vaccinated people who suffer from Covid- 19 contaminations. They cited potential labor shortages and new information about the Omicron variant. JetBlue followed up with his own letter a day later.

Airlines had come under pressure from travelers and lawmakers to provide a smooth holiday season after the collapses of the summer and last fall. Carriers including Southwest Airlines Co.

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sometimes struggled to maintain the buffer zone needed to quickly recover from storms or other disturbances, resulting in thousands of canceled flights.

Delta and United Airlines Holdings Inc.

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were among the airlines facing the most difficult problems in recent weeks. But hardly any airline has come out completely unscathed.

“This has been one of the most difficult operating environments we have ever faced, and it has forced us to cancel hundreds of flights as a result,” Allison Ausband, Delta’s customer experience manager, wrote to its frequent travelers on January 5. Delta said on Thursday that another series of northeasterly storms would likely result in hundreds of additional cancellations.

Airlines aren’t the only ones facing shortages as the Omicron variant is tearing up the workforce. Public transportation services in New York and other cities have been disrupted. Retailers, bars and restaurants have had to temporarily close or reduce their hours of operation. School closings are at their peak of the school year as teachers make themselves sick.

Travelers could be affected by understaffing in other ways. The Transportation Security Administration is consolidating security checkpoints at one of the terminals at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport due to the impacts of Covid-19 on the workforce. Passengers without PreCheck could wait up to 30 minutes, a TSA spokesperson said.

The agency is monitoring other airports as Covid-19 spreads. More than 3,500 TSA employees now have Covid-19, or about 5% of its workforce, and up 23% since Tuesday. “Checkpoint staff may be changed at other airports in the future as needed to cope with both the seasonal decline in passenger volume and possible changes in staff availability,” the door said. -speak.

Airlines operate under strict safety rules that may leave them with little recourse but to cancel flights when they are understaffed in the right places. Pilots are not always trained to fly several types of aircraft, for example. Regulations dictate the amount of rest that teams must have between shifts. And employees such as flight dispatchers and mechanics can only safely take on a limited amount of extra work.

William Humphrey, 35, had hoped to return on New Years Day from a family visit to Omaha, Neb. Citing the weather, United canceled their flight and booked it for January 2. Instead, he asked for a refund and switched to a faster route. with Delta, but that flight was also canceled, as were two more of its Delta flights on Monday.

Dr Humphrey, a medical resident working in Burlington, Vt., Worried about finding blanket in his already understaffed office. When a delay in his flight from Omaha to Detroit on Tuesday caused him to miss his connecting flight to Burlington, he instead booked a flight to Albany, NY, rented a car, and drove the rest of the way, one trip. three hours. trip.

“It looks like it’s getting more and more chaotic,” he said.

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Airlines are bracing for the hardship to last at least a few more weeks. Alaska Air Group Inc.

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said on Thursday it would cut Alaska Airlines departures by 10% through the end of January, citing an unprecedented rate of employee illness calls due to Omicron and the need to find a way to navigate Covid-19 as a “continuing reality in our business and our world.”

“This will give us the flexibility and the capacity to reset,” the airline said in a statement.

Southwest said that until Jan. 25 it will offer wage incentives, including up to double pay for extra shifts, to employees such as flight attendants, customer service representatives and mechanics. Southwest canceled more than 2,500 flights this week, including more than 500 on Friday, or 17% of flights scheduled that day, according to FlightAware, as Omicron-related illness calls made it more difficult to recover from inclement weather such as a major snowstorm that hit Washington, DC earlier this week.

An airline spokesperson said Southwest is focused on stabilizing its operations in the wake of winter storms while maintaining sufficient staff as Covid-19 cases jump.

Carriers typically maintain higher staff levels as a buffer against bad weather and other unforeseen events during peak holiday season – when demand is high and staff calls tend to be high even under the best of circumstances. – said Geoff Murray, partner at consultancy firm Oliver. Wyman. Airlines are still clamoring to hire more staff, he said, with regional carriers suffering from a pilot shortage and major carriers facing training bottlenecks.

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“There wasn’t a lot of slack in the system,” Murray said. “The only alternatives available to the airlines were to further reduce the hours before the holidays. With the booking levels they were considering this would have been very difficult to do. “

At United, the number of sick pilots, including those with Covid-19, those awaiting test results and those suffering from other illnesses, rose to around 900 this week, from around 500 shortly before Christmas. And the number of pilots with active Covid-19 infections has more than doubled to nearly 500 during that time, according to a spokesperson for the union that represents United pilots.

The airline rushed to increase pay for pilots willing to take extra trips, with negotiators working after midnight on Dec. 31 to craft an incentive deal offering up to three times the pay for some trips. United has not shortened the 10-day quarantine period for pilots and flight attendants who become ill with Covid.

While airlines always cancel flights, they will likely get some relief from the typical travel slowdown after the winter break. Airlines tend to operate fewer flights in January than at the end of December. Airports screened 1.5 million passengers on Thursday, retreating from daily highs of more than 2 million at the height of the holiday rush, according to the TSA.

“I think we’re going to start to see more people coming back to work than calling,” said Mr. Hayes of JetBlue. “And I think that will allow us to recover very quickly from mid-January.”

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The entry of world number one Novak Djokovic to Australia has reportedly been delayed due to a paperwork issue, further fueling controversy over a Covid vaccine exemption granted to him by the organizers of the Australian Open. Djokovic, an outspoken vaccine skeptic, has been granted exemption in order to play at this month’s tournament in Melbourne, the first Grand Slam event of the year. The Serb landed in Melbourne on Wednesday evening, but state government officials have reportedly refused to support his visa application.

Victoria’s acting sports minister Jaala Pulford said her state had rejected a request for help and visa approvals were the responsibility of the federal government.

It was not clear why the state government would need to provide support.

But Australian media have said the nine-time Australian Open champion, who is a vaccine skeptic, may have applied for the wrong type of visa.

“The federal government has asked if we will support Novak Djokovic’s visa application to enter Australia,” Pulford said in a message on Twitter.

“We will not be providing Novak Djokovic with individual assistance with visa applications to participate in the 2022 Australian Open Grand Slam.”

The Australian newspaper said Djokovic was seeking to enter the country on a work visa which “required the support of the Victorian government”.

Melbourne’s The Age newspaper said the Federal Border Force contacted the Victorian government when they realized Djokovic’s team had applied for “the wrong kind of visa.”

The Age said Djokovic would likely be allowed to get off his plane and enter Melbourne, but the issue was delaying his entry.

The same newspaper reported that there was also a question mark as to whether Djokovic had the correct documentation to prove that he had been infected with Covid-19 in the past six months – which is suspected of be the reason given for its exemption.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said if the reasons for Djokovic’s exemption were “insufficient” then the Serb would be “on the next plane home”.

“There should be no special rules for Novak Djokovic. None at all,” he said at a press conference.

Tournament chief Craig Tiley said the defending champion had received “no special favors” but urged him to reveal why he got the exemption to appease public anger.

Tiley said both panels assessed each exemption without knowing the identity of the claimant and that he did not know why Djokovic was given the green light, which is confidential.

“It will certainly be helpful for Novak to explain the conditions under which he requested and obtained an exemption,” Tiley told reporters, acknowledging the backlash.

“I encourage him to tell the community about this … we have been through a very difficult time over the past two years and we would appreciate any answers to that.”

All participants in the Australian Open, which begins on January 17, must be vaccinated against Covid-19 or have a medical exemption, which is only granted after evaluation by two panels of independent experts.

Djokovic had announced Tuesday evening that he was on his way to Melbourne with “an exemption permit”.

The Australians reacted with fury on Wednesday after learning that organizers had granted Djokovic a waiver.

Former Australian ATP Tour player Sam Groth, now a TV commentator, said it was “a decision that spits in the face of every Victorian and Australian” in a column in Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper.

Groth agreed that Djokovic should reveal why he was allowed in.

“You’re ready to say you have an exemption but not say why? That’s sick hypocrisy. I don’t like it at all,” Groth wrote.

There was also outrage in the streets of Melbourne.

“I think it’s disgusting. I think he should have made his decision before now and it shouldn’t be a last minute decision to bring him in,” resident Ron Wilson told AFP. .

Other residents of the city of Victoria state were more sympathetic, Morteza Yari saying: “I think as long as the exemption is valid and they have valid reasons, I don’t see a problem with it. “

Tournament host Tiley defended the integrity of the exemption request process, which is overseen by the national and Victorian state governments.

He revealed that only 26 of the estimated 3,000 players and support staff traveling to Australia for the tournament had requested a vaccine exemption. Only a few of them have been successful.

“Anyone who met those conditions was allowed in. There was no special favor. No special opportunity was given to Novak,” Tiley said.

Melbourne and Sydney have both suffered months of restrictions and lockdowns over the past two years and allowing Djokovic to travel has been widely criticized.

Djokovic expressed his opposition to the Covid-19 vaccine in April 2020 when it was suggested that they could be mandatory for the tournament to resume.

“Personally, I’m not pro-vaccine,” Djokovic said at the time. “I wouldn’t want someone forcing me to get the vaccine so I could travel.”

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Meanwhile, Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic posted a photo on Instagram of himself and the Serbian’s other backstage staff, patiently waiting at Melbourne airport for a resolution.

“It’s not the most usual downward journey,” the former Wimbledon champion wrote.

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