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August 11, 2020

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Switzerland declares all non-Schengen countries ‘high COVID-19 risk’ states

Swiss government officials announced today that Switzerland’s  list of states with a risk from high rates of COVID-19 new cases has been revised and now includes all countries outside Europe’s passport-free Schengen zone. There are some notable exceptions though, including Australia, Ireland, Japan, Canada, South Korea and New Zealand, the Swiss officials said on Thursday.

Mainland Spain added to Swiss COVID-19 quarantine list

Health officials in Bern announced that all new arrivals to Switzerland from Spain are now subject to a mandatory 10-day COVID-19 quarantine. Patrick Mathys, head of crisis management for the federal public health office, told reporters in Bern the move would take effect from Saturday. The measure excludes Spain’s Balearic and Canary Islands. “For the

Budapest Airport announces first Mykonos link

Budapest Airport celebrated its first link to Mykonos yesterday, as Wizz Air launched its twice-weekly service to the popular resort in Greece. The home-based airline’s new operation will be the airport’s tenth connection to the Greek islands, offering close to 100,000 seats between Hungary and Greece this summer season. Wizz Air faces no competition on

Strong earthquake strikes Vanuatu

Strong Magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Vanuatu today. Vanuatu is a South Pacific Ocean nation made up of roughly 80 islands that stretch 1,300 kilometers. Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 6.4 Date-Time ·         5 Aug 2020 12:05:36 UTC ·         5 Aug 2020 23:05:36 near epicenter Location 16.112S 168.082E Depth 174 km Distances ·         71.2 km (44.1 mi)

IATA announces leadership succession for Customer, Financial and Digital Services

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Muhammad Albakri, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Africa and the Middle East (AME), will be appointed Senior Vice President for Customer, Financial and Digital Services (CFDS), based in Geneva and effective 1 March 2021. At that time Aleks Popovich, who currently holds the position, will retire. “Over

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