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What new lockdowns in Europe mean for international air travel

Several countries in Europe are in lockdown again in an effort to contain the spread coronavirus. These include the UK, Germany, France and Belgium. The restrictions for sure will throw a spanner in the works for airlines, which are likely to see a sudden fall in travel demand in Europe.

The British government explicitly says that “there is no exemption for staying away from home on holiday – this includes staying in a second home.” Thus ruling out letting people travel for tourist purposes.

What happens to my travel plans?

Although these jurisdictions’ borders remain open whether within Europe or international, airlines are canceling flights. This is because of the low demand. Some airlines are canceling a number of intra-Europe flights that may affect a travelers’ ability to take a connecting flight to the international hub.

Are flights to Europe operating?

Most of the airlines are continuing to operate as per schedule under the air bubble arrangements between a specific country with the UK, France and Germany. Lufthansa, and Virgin Atlantic say that they will continue to operate flights. At the same time they are monitoring the situation. British Airways in a statement says it’s analyzing the situation as well.

What about people trying to travel out of these countries?

The British government has made it explicit that “there is no exemption for staying away from home on holiday – this includes staying in a second home”. Thus ruling out letting people travel for tourist purposes. Germany on the other is implementing a partial lockdown. It demands public places like restaurants and bars to close temporarily. However, a common point in the lockdowns of these countries is that they have not prohibited air bubble arrangements. Therefore, travelers in several eligible categories are allowed to enter these countries under the bubble flights. The categories, include those traveling for emergency or business purposes.

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