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Rome Fiumicino Airport awarded world’s first five star coronavirus safety rating

Skytrax praised Rome’s Fiumicino Airport for its effective signage and information systems, as well as its in-house Bio-Safety Team of 40 staff who facilitate social distancing and ensure compliance with face covering usage in high movement areas. In the wake of coronavirus, Rome Airport has reorganised operations so that check-in and arrivals are assigned to Terminal 3, while Concourse Gates E is dedicated to departure and transfer flights. The airport is also testing several UV sanitisation methods aimed at further enhancing hygiene levels at high-contact points, such as escalators and lifts. Joanna Whitehead (The Independent)

Global tourism lost £245bn in five months due to coronavirus, says UN chief

Sandra Carvao, the UN World Tourism Organisation’s chief of market intelligence and competitiveness, said the $320bn (£244.5bn) in lost exports from January through May is three times what was lost during the year 2009 at the height of the last global financial crisis.AP (The Independent)

Ryanair says spring 2020 was worst spell in airline’s 35 year history

During the current financial year, Ryanair expects passenger numbers to fall by almost 60 per cent from 149 million to just 60 million.Simon Calder (The Independent)

Boeing shares soar after company cleared for 737 Max tests

Fifteen months after the Boeing 737 Max was grounded worldwide, the planemaker is starting test flights that it hopes will lead to the aircraft returning to commercial service.Simon Calder (The Independent)

Qatar Airways is increasing flights while other airlines stop flying amid coronavirus lockdown

Having downsized our operation a little bit about a week ago, we’re now upscaling again: adding additional flights to some destinations, putting on bigger aircraft – for example our A380s are back in the sky now.Simon Talling-Smith (Qatar Airways)

Emirates to stop flying all passengers amid coronavirus pandemic

As a global network airline, we find ourselves in a situation where we cannot viably operate passenger services until countries re-open their borders, and travel confidence returns.Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum (Emirates)

These are the top 10 trending destinations for 2020, according to Google

1. Da Nang, Vietnam; 2. Sao Paulo, Brazil; 3. Seoul, South Korea; 4. Tokyo, Japan; 5. Tel Aviv, Israel; 6. Marseille, France; 7. Vienna, Austria; 8. Bangkok, Thailand; 9. Dubai, UAE; 10. Perth, Australia.Google

Boeing replaces senior executive in charge of 737 Max after two fatal crashes

The aircraft manufacturer has replaced president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Kevin McAllister, who was in charge of the Boeing 737 Max programme. Mr McAllister is the most senior executive to leave the company since the jet was grounded in March.Cathy Adams (The Independent)

Paris beats London for visitor numbers for first time in a decade

Top 10 cities for visitor numbers: 1. Bangkok, Thailand; 2. Paris, France; 3. London, UK; 4. Dubai, UAE; 5. Singapore, Singapore; 6. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 7. New York, USA; 8. Istanbul, Turkey; 9. Tokyo, Japan; 10. Antalya, TurkeyMastercard Global Cities Index

Airline CEO calls for super low-cost flights to be axed

Should everyone be flying around Europe for €9? Probably not. But if that’s what it takes to get people to fly to Frankfurt on a Tuesday in November, we’ll take it.Michael O’Leary (Ryanair)

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