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Who Holds the Most Powerful Passport?
Long before the COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed how we travel, the U.S. passport was once one of the strongest travel documents a person could hold. While the demand for travel is beginning to pick up, international mobility has restored to just 12% of pre-pandemic levels and U.S. passports can only grant their holders access to 61 destinations. According to the Henley Passport Index, which ranks passports based on the number of destinations a holder can access without a visa, Japan comes in at #1 with access to approximately 80 destinations.
Great Moments in Travel History – July
Many great travel moments have happened in July’s past over the years!
Amelia Earhart was born on July 24th, 1898, and later attempted to circumnavigate the globe on July 2, 1937. Orville Wright piloted the first official test flight of the U.S. Army’s first airplane in July of 1909 and in July of 1948, the first airline flight departed from John F. Kennedy International Airport!
Air Travel Updates
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IATA to Improve Mobility Aid Handling
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is putting together a task force to improve the transport of wheelchairs and other mobility aids during air travel.
Porter Orders New Jets
The Canadian carrier hopes the order will help them become a Canadian National Airline and introduce new nonstop service across North America.
United’s Future with Electric Aircraft
United Airlines and Mesa Air Group recently announced a potential order of 200 electric 19-seat regional aircraft that could hit the market as early as 2026.
The airline will add over 130 new flights from Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and the New York metro area cities to warm-weather cities including Charleston, Fort Myers, Key West, Las Vegas and Savannah. They will also add additional flights from Cleveland to Orlando, Tampa and Fort Myers. United also plans to increase operations to multiple destinations in the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico by 30%. The new seasonal flights will operate from November 2021 through March 2022.
The airline recently announced that they plan to offer more than 80 departures per day from Orlando by the end of 2021. This will be the largest schedule the airline has ever operated from MCO. Spirit will restore pre-pandemic flights to Cartagena, Columbia; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; and San Salvador, El Salvador. They will also increase daily service to San Jose, Costa Rica.
SAS will restore operations to all its U.S. destinations upon resumption of direct routes to Boston in September, as well as flights to Miami in October. The airline will also increase the number of flights from Copenhagen to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. starting in September.
Now Open in Travel
July 1: As of July 1st, only fully vaccinated adult travelers may enter Anguilla. Children under the age of 18 and pregnant women are exempt from this requirement. International travelers must also apply for entry permission and submit a negative COVID-19 rt-PCR test taken 3-5 days prior to arrival on the island.
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