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Travel News Roundup–April 9, 2021

BREAKING: Boeing 737 Max Has A New Issue and 16 Airlines Are Grounding It: “Boeing just sent this news release out, which stated: ‘Boeing has recommended to 16 customers that they address a potential electrical issue in a specific group of 737 MAX airplanes prior to further operations. The recommendation is being made to allow for verification that a sufficient ground path exists for a component of the electrical power system. We are working closely with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on this production issue. We are also informing our customers of specific tail numbers affected and we will provide direction on appropriate corrective actions.'” Johnny Jet

The CDC Is Warning You to Avoid Canada, Even If You’re Vaccinated: “According to an update posted to the CDC’S travel notices page on April 2, the agency has listed Canada as a Level 4 health risk due to the infection high rate of more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people over the past 28 days. The advisory warns: ‘Because of the current situation in Canada, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants and should avoid all travel to Canada.'” By Zachary Mack for Best Life

Expedia Group Launches New Covid-19 Travel Advisor Tool: “Expedia Group has introduced the COVID-19 Travel Advisor, a tech-enabled tool that provides travelers with current details about travel restrictions worldwide.” By Jim Byers for Travel Pulse Canada

Italy Agrees to Divert Cruise Ships from Venice to Industrial Port: “The long-running debate about cruise ships sailing through the waterways of Venice, Italy took a turn on March 25 with ministers from Italy agreeing to a temporary ban on large cruise ships docking in the historic city. When the cruise industry returns to service, large ships will divert to a nearby industrial port.” The Maritime Executive

Want to Go to Europe This Summer? Here Are Your Options: “Most of Europe has been off-limits to most U.S. citizens for over a year, and the continent is currently grappling with a third wave of coronavirus infections and a surge in new, more contagious variants, making it unclear when its borders will reopen. But some European countries have started to welcome vaccinated travelers, including American tourists, and others are making preparations to ease restrictions in time for the summer season.” By Ceylan Yeginsu for The New York Times

Iceland opens its Borders to Fully Vaccinated Americans and Britons: “Anyone will be allowed entry whose vaccine has been approved by the European Medicines Agency, which includes Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson.” By Cailey Rizzo for Travel and Leisure

Disney World Just Made a Major Update to Its Outdoor Mask Rules: “Guests at Disney World will now be able to capture mask-free memories during the pandemic thanks to updated COVID-19 policies. As of April 8, Disney’s mask rules permit people to temporarily remove their masks while taking outdoor photos.” By Carolyn L. Todd for Self

2 New Airlines Await Americans Looking to Fly Somewhere: “’There are too few seats in the United States being offered by low-cost carriers. That’s why we think the opportunity is huge,’ said Avelo Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy. ‘Customers want a really inexpensive way to get from Point A to Point B.’” By David Koenig for AP

Qatar Airways Operates First-ever Fully-vaccinated Flight: “‘Today’s special flight demonstrates the next stage in the recovery of international travel is not far away,’ Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group chief executive, said in a statement, adding the flight provides ‘a beacon of hope for the future of international aviation.'” By Alison Fox for Travel and Leisure

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