European airlines – World start again


European airlines are starting to resume operations step by step, while countries try to relaunch tourism to boost the economies hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Alitalia yesterday presented the long-haul flight from Rome to New York, one day before the reopening of the country’s borders to other countries in the Schengen area. The eight-hour flight will take place twice a week. Since the beginning of March, the lockdown has blocked the airline, except for some cargo flights and some routes organized to repatriate Italians from the dangerous places of pandemic spread. The airline will also resume flights between Rome and the Sardinian cities of Alghero and Olbia today, as well as flights between Rome and the Spanish cities of Barcelona and Madrid.
All flights will take place with the social distancing rules in force, the flights will be limited to 33-50% of the capacity depending on the type of aircraft. The largest German airline Lufthansa announced yesterday that starting June 8th it will make the use of mouth and nose protection mandatory. This change will initially apply to Lufthansa, Eurowings and Lufthansa Cityline and will be effective until August 31, 2020.
Lithuania lifted the 14-day self-isolation rule for travelers from 24 European countries on Monday 1 June. Travelers from Malta, Ireland and Spain are still subject to compulsory self-isolation for 14 days, while travel from Belgium, Sweden, Portugal and the United Kingdom is still prohibited, where the number of COVID-19 patients exceeds 25 cases per 100,000 inhabitants . So far, Lithuania has resumed regular flights to Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands and plans to reactivate flight operations to Denmark, Israel and Finland in the coming week.


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