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June 16, 2017

Air Travel: Ethiopia’s New E-Visas, United Ups Hawaii Service

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New e-visas, an update on Qatar and new flights top this week’s air travel news in the meetings and events industry. 

Ethiopia Launches Online Entry Visa Application and Issuance (E-Visa)

The Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs Main Department, in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines, has finalized preparations of the initial phase to commence an e-visa service for international visitors to Ethiopia.

The e- visa is processed and issued online on a single website where applicants apply, pay and secure their entry visa online. Once the online application is approved, applicants will receive an email authorizing them to travel to Ethiopia and they will get their passport stamped with the visa upon arrival in Addis Ababa.

United Airlines Increases Hawaii Service on 11 Routes

In flight news, United Airlines has announced an increase of service on 11 routes connecting the continental United States and Hawaii.

Beginning December 20, United will increase service from its hubs in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco to Hawaii. 

The airline will continue operating its daily nonstop service to Honolulu from all seven domestic hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., plus Guam and Tokyo.

Egypt Eases Qatar Flight Restrictions, But Much of Ban Remains

In an update to the Qatar diplomatic criss, Egypt has eased flight restrictions to and from the country, although some portions of the ban remain in place, our partner publication Travel Agent reports. 

Egypt is now allowing airlines not registered in Egypt or Qatar to use its airspace to fly to and from Qatar. A ban on flights to and from Egypt by Qatari planes, however, remains in place. 

Qatar currently remains the subject of a diplomatic rift in which nine countries -- Mauritius, Mauritania, the Maldives, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and Libya’s eastern-based government – have severed ties. Qatar Airways is banned from operating flights to or from the countries, as well as from overflying Saudi Arabian airspace, forcing it to reroute many of its flights. 

Eurowings Adds Direct Cologne to Las Vegas Flight

Finally, Eurowings, a German air carrier, just launched a new direct service taking guests from Cologne, Germany, to Las Vegas. Two nonstop flights a week are scheduled to run seasonally from June 2, 2017, to October 27, 2017.

Flights will run Mondays and Fridays on an Airbus A330, and travel time is estimated to be 12 hours and 45 minutes.

Stay tuned to www.internationalmeetingsreview.com for the latest air travel news affecting the meetings and events industry. 

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