Turkey Reopens Grand Bazaar and Resumes Domestic Flights


Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Istanbul reopened the Grand Bazaar as Turkey resumed domestic flights as part of easing restrictions taken against the coronavirus pandemic. JumpStory

Skift Take: It’s a symbolic move for Turkey to reopen one of its most famous attractions, the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. But it’s also important that the country has been able to stick with its timetable of easing restrictions taken against the pandemic.

— Sean O’Neill

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Japan Could Reopen to Corporate Travelers With Strict Coronavirus Testing

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Shibuya street in Tokyo, Japan. The country is considering reopening its borders since their closure in February. Tonefotografia / Adobe

Skift Take: Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand would need to sign up to dual COVID-19 tests, and either side of the border, in order to gain entry. Is this the future of corporate travel?

— Matthew Parsons

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Bankrupt LATAM Airlines Took a $1.7 Billion Q1 Impairment Due To the Pandemic


LATAM Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner photographed on May 13, 2016. LATAM said May 29 that it lost $2.1 billion in the first quarter. LATAM

Skift Take: The first quarter of 2020 was impairment season for global travel companies, and LATAM chipped in $1.7 billion. For some travel industry firms, the second quarter will likely be worse.

— Dennis Schaal

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Belgium Restarts Cross-Border Family Visits

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Three Brussels Airlines planes stand at departure gates at Brussels Airport, in Zaventem, Belgium, April 3, 2016. Brussels approved family travel from outside the country. Geert Vanden Wijngaert / Associated Press

Skift Take: It is still complicated to travel to Belgium due to neighbors restrictions, but cross-border family visits amounts to a slight easing of the rules.

— Dennis Schaal

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Spain to Lift Some Restrictions on 4 Islands Starting June 1

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The San Cristóbal Lighthouse is an active lighthouse on the Spanish island of La Gomera in the Canary islands Jörg Bergmann / Visual Hunt

Skift Take: Spain, one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, is moving aggressively to restore life in calculated phases, allowing restaurants to open terraces and bars to 75 percent capacity on four popular destinations.

— Tom Lowry

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Southwest Airlines CEO Expects ‘Brutal Low-Fare’ Competition

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Southwest Airlines aircraft cleaning process features an electrostatic sprayer system. The airline expects a fare war when the coronavirus-recovery kicks in. Southwest Airlines

Skift Take: The airline business has never been been geared toward executives afraid of a fight. But airline fare wars that loom coming out of the pandemic could be in a category all their own. Will Southwest’s infrastructure and operating mode put it in a better position than others?

— Dennis Schaal

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