Greece – Travel to islands possible for everyone

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The global spread of the corona virus and the measures taken by governments, such as border closures, severely restrict personal mobility and thus travel. The Federal Foreign Office has also issued a worldwide travel warning for tourist trips due to the pandemic. Here you will regularly find the latest news about the Corona crisis and travel.

News from Monday, May 25th:

+++ Greece – trips for everyone to islands possible +++

Athens opened its tourism further on Monday: For the first time in more than two months, all travelers from the mainland could get to all the islands of the Aegean and the Ionian Sea both by ferry and by plane. In addition, the taverns, bars and cafes were reopened nationwide, as the Greek media reported.

So far, there have been few corona infections on the Greek islands. The ferries only take a maximum of 50 percent of the number of passengers allowed up to now. Only half of the tables allowed before the epidemic can be used in the taverns. State television reported that a maximum of six people can sit at one table. Athens has already announced plans to restart tourism from abroad. At the end of May, the Greek pandemic crisis team will announce the list of countries from which tourists will be able to travel to Greece without having to go into a two-week quarantine.

News from Friday, May 22nd:

+++ Aviation Safety Authority recommends free spaces between passengers +++

The Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has recommended free spaces between passengers on the plane for flight operations in Corona times. Whenever possible, individual seats or entire rows should be left free between the occupied seats in order to at least approximately guarantee the necessary safety distance of 1.5 meters.

The authorities also recommend that both on-board personnel and passengers wear protective masks and wash their hands regularly to avoid contagion with the corona virus. Travelers should say goodbye to companions outside the terminal. The expert opinion was drawn up at the request of the EU Commission, which wants to carefully boost tourism within Europe with an appropriate hygiene concept.

News from Wednesday, May 20:

+++ Plaza of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg opens again +++

From May 25, the Elbphilharmonie Plaza will reopen to visitors after ten weeks. Deviating from the previous opening times, the viewing platform and the Plaza Shop can initially be visited from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The visitor capacity must be significantly reduced due to the distance rules, which is why it is strongly recommended that tickets be pre-booked online. Tickets will probably no longer be available on site, especially on weekends. Tickets for the various admission slots are now available online at www.elbphilharmonie.de.

News from Tuesday, May 19:

+++ Lufthansa expands rebooking rules in the corona crisis +++

The airlines in the Lufthansa Group have extended their goodwill rules for rebooking in the Corona crisis. Tickets that are booked until June 30 can be rebooked free of charge at a later date than before, as the company announced on Monday.

Customers can now make up for their postponed trip until December 31, 2021. Previously, the new trip had to be started by April 30, 2021 when rebooking. The new rule applies to tickets with an original travel date until April 30, 2021, as the company explained. The rebooking is possible once for the same route. In addition to Lufthansa, the group also includes the subsidiaries Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Air Dolomiti.

News from Monday, May 18th:

+++ Meuse: From June 15th, if possible, no more worldwide travel warning +++

The federal government assumes that vacation will be possible in large parts of Europe this summer, despite the coronavirus pandemic. Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) said on Sunday in the ARD program “Report from Berlin” that there are positive developments in the fight against the corona virus in many countries. After June 15th, “there should be” no more worldwide travel warnings, said Maas.

Corona crisis: after a break of almost two months: the first Lufthansa aircraft lands in Athens

“Instead we want to replace this with travel information from which people can see: Where can you go? Where is it responsible? Where are you welcome?” Said Maas. Everyone would then have to decide “whether they want to go on vacation with the restrictions that will be everywhere”. On Monday, the Foreign Minister and his counterparts from the popular travel countries Spain, Italy, Austria, Greece, Croatia, Portugal, Malta, Slovenia, Cyprus and Bulgaria are going to discuss the easing of the restrictions in a video conference.

News from Friday, May 15th:

+++ Iceland relaxes entry restrictions – Coronavirus rapid tests at the airport +++

As of June 15, the Icelandic government will provide rapid coronavirus testing directly at Keflavík International Airport. All travelers will have to undergo this. Travelers can then wait in their booked accommodation and wait for the test result. As a rule, this should be available on the same day. Only those who test positive for the virus have to be quarantined for 14 days.

The Icelandic government has carried out extensive coronavirus testing among the locals and successfully contained the pandemic – no new cases of infection have been reported in the country in the past five days.

News from Thursday, May 14th:

+++ Lufthansa plans to expand offer significantly in June +++

As the company announced, Lufthansa and its subsidiaries Swiss and Eurowings “again numerous sun and summer destinations in June” in their flight program. In addition, other long-haul destinations should also be served, subject to any travel restrictions.

It is therefore planned that the Group’s airlines will once again offer around 1,800 connections to more than 130 destinations a week by the end of June. Already in the first half of June, flights to the Spanish Mediterranean island of Mallorca and other European destinations are planned. Customers can already book the flights for the first half of June, according to the company. At the same time, the Group pointed out that customers should consider the current entry and quarantine regulations of the respective destination when planning their trip.

News from Tuesday, May 12th:

+++ Ryanair plans almost 1000 flights a day from July 1st +++

The Irish low-cost airline wants to significantly increase its flight operations again in the summer. As of July 1, 40 percent of regular flights are to take place again, the company said on Tuesday in Dublin. The prerequisite is that governments relax travel restrictions on flights within the EU and that safety measures are introduced at the airports to protect health.

According to Ryanair, it would then offer almost 1,000 flights a day, covering 90 percent of the routes the airline had operated before the Corona crisis. Since the end of March, Ryanair has ceased operating most of its flights and currently only offers around 30 flights a day between Ireland , Great Britain and continental Europe. According to Ryanair, passengers should wear face masks at the airport and on board to prevent the transmission of the corona virus. They should also provide the airline with their contact details and the duration of their stay at the check-in for flights in July and August.

News from Monday, May 11th:

+++ Colombian airline Avianca files for bankruptcy +++

The Colombian airline Avianca has filed for bankruptcy due to the massive drop in sales as a result of the Corona crisis. The holding and several subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy protection on Sunday under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy law, the airline said. The aim is to continue operations, to preserve jobs and to reorganize economically. Due to the travel restrictions in the rampant Corona pandemic, Avianca had to largely cease its regular operations in mid-March. The revenue then fell by more than 80 percent, the airline said.

Avianca is one of the most important airlines in Latin America. It flies to numerous destinations in the region, North America and Europe. Recently there was also a direct connection from Bogotá to Munich. Avianca’s predecessor company was founded in 1919 as a Colombian-German Air Transport Company by a German emigrant. Avianca is one of the oldest airlines in the world.

News from Friday, May 8th:

++ Fleet doubled: Lufthansa will fly to 106 destinations from June +++

Lufthansa is slowly pushing back after the Corona low. Starting in June, the group airlines Lufthansa, Swiss and Eurowings will use around twice as many aircraft as before, the company said on Friday in Frankfurt. The 160 jets will then take the guests to 106 destinations at home and abroad. By the end of May, only 32 destinations had been served worldwide.

Among the resumed connections are important tourist destinations in Europe such as Crete, Mallorca, Sylt or Rostock, as announced by Lufthansa. The subsidiary Eurowings is sending vacationer jets to Mallorca from five German airports, and other European destinations will be added in the course of May. However, the flight operations of the Lufthansa subsidiaries Brussels and Austrian will initially remain closed.

News from Wednesday, May 6th

+++ Airbnb fires a quarter of its employees because of the corona crisis +++

The apartment broker Airbnb wants to cut jobs on a large scale because of the corona pandemic, according to US media. The number of employees is falling by around a quarter, around 1900 jobs worldwide are affected, “The Information”, Bloomberg, CNBC and “Wall Street Journal” cited in an email from Airbnb boss Brian Chesky to the employees. According to Chesky, the crisis brought tourism to a standstill, Airbnb was hit hard, and sales should fall by more than half this year. Airbnb has announced an IPO for 2020, but doubts are now growing due to the difficulties.

News from Tuesday May 5th

+++ EU Commission against vouchers for canceled trips and flights +++

In the dispute over vouchers for canceled trips, the EU Commission is tough and pushing from Berlin. In a letter to several Federal Ministers from which the ARD capital city studio quoted, EU Transport Commissioner Adina Valean made it clear that EU passenger rights also apply during the Corona crisis. No passenger could be forced to accept a voucher instead of a refund.

It was “important for the EU Commission to uphold our consumer rights and to help the airlines with liquidity problems in another way”. Instead of mandatory vouchers, Valean recommends “making vouchers economically interesting for consumers” and “protecting them against bankruptcy”. According to EU law, plane tickets and package tours must actually be reimbursed. However, Germany wants to oblige consumers to accept a voucher instead of a refund for travel cancellations in the Corona crisis.

News from Saturday May 2nd

+++ Quarantined in Cuxhaven: Corona case on board “Mein Schiff 3” +++

Due to a corona infection on board, a cruise ship at the Steubenhöft in Cuxhaven was quarantined. A crew member had been tested positive for the new type of corona virus, said the district of Cuxhaven and the shipping company Tui Cruises on Saturday. According to Tui, there are currently no passengers on board the cruise ship “Mein Schiff 3”. Instead, 2,899 crew members were on board, some of whom had been brought to “Mein Schiff” by other Tui ships. From Cuxhaven you should start your return journey to your home countries.

“Mein Schiff 3” has been moored at Steubenhöft in Cuxhaven since April 28. There are 2,899 crew members on board. The cruise ship left Tenerife on April 18 without passengers.

According to Tui, 15 crew members had turned to the on-board hospital with mild flu-like symptoms after arriving in Cuxhaven. One of them had tested positive for the corona virus. The 15 employees are isolated in their cabins and receive medical care, the shipping company said. Some crew members have already left the ship in the past few days. They were contacted and asked to quarantine in their home.

News from Tuesday, April 28th

+++ Bahn extends goodwill regulation beyond May 1st +++

If you have planned a train journey over the coming long weekend and do not want to start, you can exchange your ticket for a voucher. This applies to Deutsche Bahn long-distance tickets with a travel date up to May 4 that were purchased until March 13, the train said on Tuesday.

The vouchers are available online and are valid for three years. The railways thus extended a corresponding goodwill arrangement that previously applied to journeys up to April 30. For long-distance journeys after May 4th, the following now applies: Customers can still use their tickets flexibly until October 31st – provided they were bought before March 13th. Previously, the railways accepted these tickets by June 30th. The rule also applies to saver and super saver tickets.

News from Monday, April 27th

+++ Austria only wants to “gently” open to vacationers +++

The Austrian government has now assured that the country will be “cautious” when it comes to summer tourism for foreign guests. Cross-border tourism will “only be cautious and step by step possible again,” Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg told the “Bild” newspaper on Monday. Austria would work with partner countries and in close contact with the EU Commission “to find solutions how a gentle start-up of summer tourism could be possible again”.

In addition, only holidaymakers from countries that are as far in the fight against the corona virus as Austria and have similarly low infection rates are eligible for entry, emphasized Schallenberg. Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) had previously warned of a “European race” when tourism reopened. Such competition could lead to “unacceptable risks”. Maas reminded of the focus of infection in the Austrian ski resort of Ischgl. Such a case should not be repeated, the minister warned: “We have already seen what an infection cluster in a popular holiday area in the home countries of the tourists can do.”

+++ German-Icelandic cooperation in Corona times +++

The Icelandic airline Icelandair has signed a contract with the German transport company DB Schenker for cargo flights between Munich and Shanghai. Initially, 45 flights were agreed to transport medical aids and equipment for the European countries most affected by the pandemic. For these flights, Icelandair uses three Boeing 767s that have been modified so that they can carry large quantities of cargo.

A Boeing 767 from Icelandair that is now being used as a freighter

A Boeing 767 from Icelandair that is now being used as a freighter

However, Iceland coped better with the corona virus than most other European countries. For a few days now, only a few new infections have been reported. This success is mainly attributed to a well-functioning health system, massive testing for the virus, as well as consistent exit and assembly restrictions. When Iceland will become a tourist destination again is still completely open. What is certain is that security measures in Iceland could be adhered to more easily than in some other countries, not least because of the fact that the island consists largely of uninhabited natural landscapes.

News from Tuesday, April 21

+++ Dispute over flight ticket reimbursement: “It’s an insolence” +++

The Verband Internet Reisevertrieb e.V. (VIR) has no understanding of the attitude of the airlines with regard to reimbursement of ticket costs. The accusation: The deliberate and intentional complication of the refund process makes it difficult for market participants in ticket sales such as travel and flight portals to make refunds for customers. Only a few airlines currently allow reimbursement via the reservation systems. “It’s an insolence,” said Michael Buller, the association’s board. “The airlines are currently leaving their sales partners and therefore customers in the rain.”

The VIR has called on the airlines to immediately restart their systems and make them available to sales. Their behavior has a direct impact on end consumers: “As long as tour operators and ticket consolidators do not receive the money to be reimbursed to their customers by the airlines, thousands of passengers also have to wait for the refund,” said Buller. It is a great disappointment for the entire industry that exactly those who quickly received great help from the state are behaving so customer-unfriendly.

News from Monday April 20th

+++ Norwegian Air fires 4700 employees in corona crisis +++

Four subsidiaries of the Norwegian airline Norwegian file for bankruptcy. Accordingly, there are companies in Denmark and Sweden that employ the pilots and cabin crew. “The impact of the corona virus on the aviation industry is unprecedented. We have done everything we can to avoid this decision in the final analysis,” said CEO Jacob Schram. “

1571 pilots and 3134 cabin employees are affected. The Norwegian staff are not affected by the bankruptcy because the Norwegian state assumes the salary-related costs due to the virus outbreak. “Unfortunately, there is no equivalent coverage in Sweden or Denmark,” the company said. The rapidly expanding low-cost airline has been struggling with financial bottlenecks for a long time. The number of transatlantic flights was significantly reduced and the branch in Argentina was sold to Chilean Jetsmart Airlines in December 2019.

News from Thursday, April 16

+++ Söder recommends summer vacation in Germany +++

The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) has recommended that citizens plan a summer vacation in Germany in view of the corona pandemic. “My assessment is that if you look at other countries’ infections, it is probably better to go on holiday in Germany,” said Söder. There are “wonderful goals” in the Federal Republic.

He regards vacation destinations in classic vacation countries such as Spain, Italy and Turkey as “rather unlikely”. At the moment, citizens are still asked to generally refrain from traveling. There is a travel warning worldwide. It is unclear when the first loosening will occur.

News from Monday, April 13th

+++ curfew broken: tourists have to write “Sorry” 500 times +++

Ten tourists had to write 500 times because of a walk in India: “I did not follow the curfew rules and I am very sorry.” The police in the North Indian city of Rishikesh, which is popular with yoga fans, decided on this punishment because several foreigners had recently broken the rules, said a police officer. In India you are currently only allowed to go out to buy food or medication, and in emergencies.

Indian police officers have already enforced the curfew using other unconventional methods. Some frightened rule breakers with colored helmets in the form of a corona virus. Others forced them to squat or threaten to lock them up in a room and let them play Bollywood movie songs continuously.

+++ Return from New Zealand tourists – Sky Tower in black, red and gold +++

Farewell to black, red and gold: Lufthansa’s last return flight with German tourists started in New Zealand on Monday. As the German embassy in Wellington announced on Facebook, the Sky Tower in Auckland was illuminated in the national colors of the Federal Republic. The symbol of New Zealand’s largest city is the highest television tower in the southern hemisphere at 328 meters.

According to the embassy, ​​the Airbus A 380 took off with around 500 passengers on Monday evening (local time) from Auckland to Frankfurt am Main. It was the 25th flight in the context of the return program initiated by Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. Approximately 10,000 passengers have now been brought to Europe. On Tuesday there will still be a flight from Air New Zealand with Germans.

+++ Because of Corona: Copacabana Palace closes for the first time in 100 years +++

The famous Copacabana Palace hotel in Rio de Janeiro has closed for the first time in almost 100 years of its existence due to the Covid 19 pandemic. On Easter weekend, two-meter-high bars were seen around the Art Deco building, which opened in 1923 and rises on the famous Copacabana. It is one of the few five-star hotels in Brazil and is expected to reopen at the end of May, according to media reports.

News from Sunday, April 12th

+++ Von der Leyen advises: Wait until you book your summer vacation +++

In view of the corona pandemic, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen advised to wait until summer vacation was booked. “I advise to wait with such plans. Nobody can make reliable predictions for July and August at the moment,” she told the “Bild am Sonntag”.

Von der Leyen expressed skepticism about the decision of the federal government that customers should only receive a voucher for trips that they cannot undertake due to the corona pandemic. “Throughout Europe, people have a legal choice as to whether they want the money or a voucher.” However, she called on non-financial customers not to exercise this right.

News from Wednesday, April 8th

+++ Aida Cruises cancels all trips until the end of May +++

The Rostock cruise line has canceled all trips on the 14 ships in its fleet by the end of May. Due to the current entry regulations in the global destination areas, normalization of travel is not to be expected until then, the company said on Wednesday.

In order to allow the guests their vacation, which was canceled between March 8 and May 31, at a later date, the travel price already paid will be deposited as credit plus a ten percent bonus. This credit can be used for bookings made until the end of 2021 for all Aida trips. Guests who do not wish to take advantage of this offer will be reimbursed for the travel price in the amount of the payment already made.

+++ Tui receives billion dollar loan from the state +++

The travel company TUI, which was badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic, has a loan of 1.8 billion euros from the state. Tui and the state development bank KfW signed the contract on Wednesday, with Tui suspending its holiday deals, including package tours, cruises and hotel operations, in mid-March after travel warnings from almost all countries. At the same time, the group participated in the return of German vacationers from abroad.

With the help of the bridging loan, according to Tui boss Fritz Joussen, the company is “intensively” preparing for the time after the Corona crisis. The company is “convinced that people will continue to travel and want to get to know other countries and cultures”.

News from Monday April 6th

+++ Empty trains: Rail travel volume in long-distance transport is 10 to 15 percent +++

Due to the Corona crisis, the number of passengers on the railroad has also collapsed in recent weeks. Demand is well below supply, CEO Richard Lutz said on Monday at a conference call for journalists. In regional traffic it is 15 percent. Around three quarters of the trains that are usually running are currently in use, said Lutz.

With regard to Easter travel, Lutz saw no increased demand from customers. “Our customers are expressly responsible for the current situation,” said the train manager. “We don’t see any increase in volume, no increase in demand in the booking figures.” Even after the Chancellor’s speeches, everyone apparently understood that “this current time really requires that we adhere to these rules of distance and contact”.

+++ Cruise ship with corona patients and dead moored in Miami +++

The “Coral Princess” moored with Corona patients on board and after the death of two passengers in the port of Miami. When the more than a thousand passengers and almost 900 crew members were allowed to disembark was initially unclear.

Seven passengers and five crew members had tested positive for the corona virus, the shipping company Princess Cruises said. The trip should therefore end in Argentina on March 19. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, several countries have refused to allow passengers to go ashore. Passengers on board the “Diamond Princess” and “Grand Princess” had previously been infected with the corona virus.

Friday April 3rd news

+++ Emirates starts again flights to Frankfurt +++

Emirates Airlines has announced on Twitter that it will resume flights to selected destinations in Europe from next Monday (April 6). Three weekly flights to Frankfurt, Paris and Zurich are planned. The airline from Dubai has received approval from the government of the United Arab Emirates. The first priority is to fly out the foreigners who are stuck in the Emirates.

Emirates will operate Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on these routes in a two-tier configuration with Business Class and Economy Class.

News from Thursday April 2nd

+++ New Zealand allows thousands of foreigners to return due to the corona crisis +++

Thousands of foreigners stuck in New Zealand due to the Coronavirus crisis, including many Germans, will be able to leave the Pacific on Friday. The Wellington government, which had initially stopped return flights, announced a plan to do so. This will enable the “safe and orderly departure of tens of thousands” of stranded people, said Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters on Thursday.

Returning tourists and foreigners are also allowed to move within the country if they have a confirmed flight. Additional flights between New Zealand and Europe should also be allowed, Peters said. Around 12,000 Germans are stuck in New Zealand, more than anywhere else. There, travelers from the South Sea islands were also drawn together to be able to fly back to Germany.

+++ Trump says cruise passengers in the drama about the “Zaandam” help to +++

There is hope in the drama about the “Zaandam”: US President Donald Trump has pledged to help the passengers of the cruise ship “Zaandam” and the sister ship “Rotterdam” in the Corona crisis. “From a humanitarian perspective, we have no choice,” Trump said at the White House on Wednesday evening (local time). “People die.” He added, “We have to do something. And the governor (from Florida, Ron DeSantis) knows that too.” The “Zaandam” and the “Rotterdam” are on their way to Florida, but so far have no permission to dock at the destination port in Fort Lauderdale in the south of the state.

News from Tuesday, March 31st

+++ Florida’s governor does not want to let “Zaandam” passengers into his state +++

The cruise ship “Zaandam” with four deaths and two suspected Corona cases on board must not allow its passengers to go ashore in the US state of Florida. He sees the situation on board the “Zaandam” as a “big, big problem,” said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. He didn’t want to see people dumping in southern Florida right now who weren’t even from Florida.

The crew of the “Zaandam” actually wanted to steer the ship of the US shipping company Holland America Line to Fort Lauderdale in Florida. The night before, the cruise ship had carried 1,800 passengers on board through the Panama Canal from the Pacific to the Caribbean. A few hours later he was followed by his sister ship “Rotterdam”, which had been dispatched from the US city of San Diego to get the passengers with the best health on board the “Zaandam”. According to the shipping company, at least two of the 1,800 passengers on the “Zaandam” tested positive for the new corona virus. Four passengers had died.

+++ Dubai wants to postpone World Expo by one year +++

The spread of the corona virus also makes the relocation of this year’s world exhibition in the Gulf Emirate of Dubai more and more likely. The organizers of Expo 2020 Dubai announced after a meeting of the management committee that they supported the proposal to postpone the opening of the world exhibition planned for October by one year.

Kreuzfahrtschiff

Die endgültige Entscheidung muss das internationale Expo-Büro in Paris treffen. Dessen Generalsekretär Dimitri Kerkentzes begrüßte der staatlichen emiratischen Nachrichtenagentur WAM zufolge den Vorschlag. Die VAE haben bisher 611 Corona-Fälle gemeldet. Das Land liegt in Nachbarschaft des Iran, der von dem neuartigen Virus besonders stark betroffen ist.

Nachrichten von Freitag, den 27. März

+++ Reisewirtschaft fordert Aussetzung von Erstattungspflicht +++

Die deutsche Reise- und Luftverkehrsbranche fordert angesichts der Coronavirus-Krise eine vorübergehende Aussetzung der Erstattung von stornierten Pauschalreisen und Flügen. Den erheblichen Fixkosten der Unternehmen stünden praktisch keine Einnahmen mehr gegenüber, heißt es in einem am Freitag veröffentlichten Schreiben des Deutschen Reiseverbands (DRV), des Bundesverbandes der Deutschen Luftverkehrswirtschaft und des Bundesverbandes der Deutschen Tourismuswirtschaft an EU-Kommissionspräsidentin Ursula von der Leyen.

Wegen der Ausbreitung des Erregers Sars-CoV-2 seien Tourismus und Luftverkehr fast vollständig zum Erliegen gekommen. “Wenn Unternehmen in dieser prekären Situation gezwungen sind, ihren Kunden die für Reisen, die nicht mehr angetreten werden konnten, gezahlten Reisepreise innerhalb von 14 Tagen zurückzuzahlen, werden viele in die Knie gehen”, sagte Norbert Fiebig, Präsident des DRV. Rückzahlungspflichten aus der europäischen Pauschalreiserichtlinie sowie der Fluggastrechte-Verordnung sollten deshalb zeitweise ausgesetzt werden.

+++ Tui erhält KfW-Kredit über 1,8 Milliarden Euro +++

Der von der Coronavirus-Pandemie schwer getroffene Reisekonzern Tui erhält einen Überbrückungskredit der staatlichen Förderbank KfW in Höhe von 1,8 Milliarden Euro. Die Bundesregierung habe dafür am Freitag ihre Zustimmung gegeben, teilte das Unternehmen am Abend in Hannover mit. Allerdings müssten noch die Banken des Reiseanbieters dem KfW-Überbrückungskredit zustimmen; die Gespräche dazu seien bereits angelaufen und würden nun fortgesetzt. Mit den Mitteln der staatlichen Förderbank soll den Angaben zufolge die bereits bestehende Kreditlinie von Tui bei ihren Banken in Höhe von 1,75 Milliarden Euro aufgestockt werden. Zu einer der Bedingungen des KfW-Überbrückungskredites gehörte demnach, dass der Reisekonzern während der Laufzeit des Kredits auf Dividendenzahlungen verzichtet.

Damit würde Tui zum gegenwärtigen Zeitpunkt über Finanzmittel und Kreditlinien in Höhe von insgesamt 3,1 Milliarden Euro verfügen. “Die Zusage des KfW-Überbrückungskredits bedeutet einen wichtigen ersten Schritt für die TUI, um die derzeitige Ausnahmesituation erfolgreich zu überbrücken”, erklärte Fritz Joussen, Vorstandsvorsitzender der Unternehmensgruppe. “Unser Dank gilt der deutschen Bundesregierung, dem Deutschen Bundestag, der Niedersächsischen Landesregierung und der KfW. Sie haben im Interesse unserer Kunden, Mitarbeiter und des Unternehmens schnell und lösungsorientiert gehandelt.”

Nachrichten von Mittwoch, den 25. März

+++ Zum Teil bis Juli 2020: Reedereien setzen Kreuzfahrten noch länger aus +++

Die Pause dauert länger: Die italienische Reederei Costa Cruises kündigte an, alle Kreuzfahrten weltweit bis zum 30. April auszusetzen. Zuvor hatte die Reederei bereits alle Fahrten bis zum 3. April gestoppt. Schiffe, die noch unterwegs sind, sollen nun einen Hafen anlaufen, um die Passagiere an Land zu lassen. Costa gehört zur Gruppe von Carnival Cruises, dem weltweit größten Anbieter von Kreuzfahrten.

Auch Royal Caribbean verlängert die Unterbrechung aller Kreuzfahrten. Die internationale Kreuzfahrtgesellschaft plant ihren Dienst am 12. Mai wiederaufzunehmen. Abfahrten nach Alaska, Kanada und Neuengland werden wegen der angekündigten Hafenschließungen voraussichtlich erst ab dem 1. Juli 2020 wieder möglich sein. Über die genauen Termine der Wiederaufnahme des Geschäfts und die Umbuchungsmodalitäten anderer Marken informieren die Webseiten der Reedereien.

Nachrichten von Tuesday, den 24th. March:

+++ Ryanair streicht wegen Corona-Pandemie alle Flüge für zwei Monate +++

Bereits vor etwa einer Woche hatte Ryanair mitgeteilt, ihr Angebot um bis zu 80 Prozent zurückzufahren. Am Dienstag hat Europas größte Billig-Airline angekündigt, wegen der Corona-Pandemie alle Flüge für mindestens zwei Monate auszusetzen. Das Unternehmen gehe derzeit davon aus, dass keine Flüge im April und Mai stattfinden werden, sagte Ryanair-Chef Michael O’Leary in Dublin. Letztlich hänge das aber von den Regierungsanweisungen ab. Niemand wisse, wie lange die Pandemie dauern werde. Ryanair steht laut O’Leary aber bereit, gestrandete Passagiere zurückzufliegen oder sich zum Beispiel an Medikamenten-Lieferungen zu beteiligen.

+++ Mehr als 120.000 Deutsche kehren binnen einer Woche aus dem Ausland zurück +++

Trotz massiver Behinderungen des weltweiten Reiseverkehrs wegen der Corona-Krise sind binnen einer Woche mehr als 120.000 Deutsche aus dem Ausland zurückgekehrt. Diese Zahl gab eine Sprecherin des Auswärtigen Amts in Berlin bekannt. Die Rückholungen liefen weiter: Derzeit kehrten rund 10.000 Deutsche pro Tag nach Deutschland zurück, viele von ihnen mit Unterstützung der Bundesregierung. Seit Dienstag vergangener Woche seien hunderte Flüge für die Rückholung eingesetzt worden – darunter auch 40 Sonderflüge, die von der Bundesregierung gechartert worden seien.

Neben Lufthansa fliegen auch Jets der Condor Urlauber zurück nach Deutschland. Es handelt sich um die größte Rückholaktion in der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. “Wir werden auch in dieser Woche viele Sonderflüge auflegen und mit den Destinationen Seattle, Palma de Mallorca, Teneriffa, Gran Canaria und Jerez de la Frontera einen eigenen, regulären Ersatzflugplan aufrechterhalten, der eine infrastrukturelle Grundversorgung sicherstellt”, sagt Ralf Teckentrup, der Chef von Condor.

Weitere 35 Sonderflüge seien aktuell in Vorbereitung. Derzeit liefen Rückholaktionen aus Ägypten, Algerien, Argentinien, Chile, Costa Rica, der Dominikanischen Republik, Ecuador, Gambia, Indien, Marokko, Mexiko, Neuseeland, Peru, Philippinen und Tunesien. Aus Ägypten seien bislang 30.000 von 35.000 deutschen Reisenden zurückgekehrt, aus der Dominikanischen Republik 3000 von 4700, aus Marokko 6000 von 6600, aus Südafrika 7000 von 15.000. Aus der Türkei seien 29.000 Deutsche zurückgekehrt, aus Spanien 30.000.

+++ Vereinigte Arabische Emirate untersagen Passagierflüge +++

Sämtliche Passagierflüge in die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate sind ab Mittwoch für mindestens zwei Wochen abgesagt. Von dem Verbot sind auch Transitflüge betroffen. Die Flughäfen in Abu Dhabi sind für Etihad Airways und Dubai für Emirates Airlines wichtige Drehkreuze.

“Gemäß der jüngsten Direktive der Regierung der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate, wird Emirates vorübergehend ab dem 25. März 2020 alle Passagierflüge aussetzen”, sagte ein Pressesprecher auf Anfrage des stern. “Emirates führt weiterhin Frachterflüge durch und hilft so, wichtige internationale Luftfrachtverbindungen für Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft aufrechtzuerhalten. ” Auch Etihad Airways wird ab Mittwoch um 23.59 Uhr alle Passagierflüge von und nach Abu Dhabi einstellen, hieß es in einer Pressemitteilung.

Nachrichten von Monday, den 23rd. March:

+++ Gähnende Leere wegen Corona – Letzte Touristen verlassen Mallorca +++

Ein geöffnetes Hotel – für nur einen Gast: Die normalerweise vor allem bei Deutschen beliebte Ferienhochburg Platja de Palma auf Mallorca ist derzeit im Ausnahmezustand. “Der letzte

Urlauber wird heute, spätestens aber morgen in seine Heimat zurückreisen”, sagte die Geschäftsführerin des Hotelverbandes. Bereits am Sonntag hatten die zuvor noch verbliebenen sieben Gäste die Heimreise angetreten.

Mitte März hatte die spanische Regierung den Alarmzustand ausgerufen und eine landesweite Ausgangssperre verhängt. Unmittelbar danach hatten Hoteliers und Reiseveranstalter auf Mallorca begonnen, Rückflüge für die auf der ganzen Insel verstreuten Touristen zu organisieren. Die Urlauber waren ebenso wie die Einheimischen von der strikten Ausgangssperre betroffen.

Nachrichten von Samstag, den 21. März:

+++ Emirates stellt vorübergehend alle Flüge nach Deutschland ein +++

Eine der größten internationalen Airlines wird bald noch weniger Ziele weltweit und in Europa anfliegen. Wie die Nachrichtenagentur Reuters und airlive.net melden, werden neben den New Yorker Airports JFK und Newark auch die Flughäfen in Ländern wie Frankreich und Deutschland nicht mehr angeflogen. Der Flugbetrieb von und nach Dubai soll ab dem 23. März “bis auf weiteres” eingestellt werden. In Deutschland wären dann die Routen ab München, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf und Hamburg nach Dubai betroffen.

Mit dem Airbus A380 flog Emirates von Dubai nach Frankfurt, München, Hamburg und Düsseldorf.

Mit dem Airbus A380 flog Emirates von Dubai nach Frankfurt, München, Hamburg und Düsseldorf.

Bereits in den letzten Tagen hatte Emirates mehrere Flüge vom Airbus A380 auf die kleinere Boeing 777 umgestellt, sowie einige Flugpaare ganz gestrichen. Auch über die Website sind ab der nächsten Woche kurzfriste Abflüge ab Deutschland  nicht abrufbar. In anderen Medienberichten heißt es, dass Emirates erwägt, alle ihre Jets vom Typ Airbus A380 am Boden zu lassen.

Nachrichten von Freitag, den 20. März:

+++ Tui setzt weltweites Reiseprogramm bis 23. April aus +++

Der von der Coronavirus-Pandemie schwer getroffene Reisekonzern Tui hat sein gesamtes Reiseprogramm bis zum 23. April ausgesetzt. Mit der Entscheidung will Tui den Urlaubern Planungssicherheit für die Osterferien geben. Urlauber, deren Tui-Reise in diesen Zeitraum fällt, würden informiert. Bereits zuvor hatte Tui sein Programm bis zunächst zum 27. März ausgesetzt.

“Im Moment arbeiten wir rund um die Uhr daran, alle Urlauber wieder sicher und zuverlässig nach Hause zu bringen”, erklärte Marek Andryszak von Tui. Bis zu 40 Tuifly-Flüge starten demnach täglich mit Urlaubern aus Ägypten, Spanien, Madeira und den Kapverden.”Das ist die größte Rückholaktion in unserer Unternehmensgeschichte. Mit über 350 Flügen bringen wir seit Sonntag mehrere zehntausend deutsche Gäste zurück”, erklärte Andryszak.

Nachrichten von Donnerstag, den 19. März:

+++ Lufthansa streicht Flugprogramm noch stärker zusammen +++

Der Lufthansa-Konzern streicht sein Flugprogramm wegen der Coronakrise noch stärker zusammen als bisher bekannt. Bis 19. April fänden nur noch rund fünf Prozent der ursprünglich geplanten Flüge statt, teilte der Dax-Konzern am Donnerstag bei der Vorlage der Jahresbilanz in Frankfurt mit. Rund 700 von 763 Passagierjets des Konzerns blieben vorläufig am Boden. Fernverbindungen bietet die Lufthansa vorerst nur noch ab Frankfurt und dreimal pro Woche mit der Tochter Swiss ab Zürich an. In München sollen nur noch Kurzstreckenflüge des Ablegers Cityline abheben. Die Maschinen sollen vorwiegend Deutsche aus dem Ausland zurückholen.

Zu einer Prognose für die Geschäftsentwicklung in diesem Jahr sah sich Vorstandschef Carsten Spohr weiterhin nicht in der Lage. “Die Verbreitung des Coronavirus hat die gesamte Weltwirtschaft und auch unser Unternehmen in einen bislang ungekannten Ausnahmezustand versetzt”, sagte der Manager. Die Folgen könne derzeit niemand absehen. “Je länger diese Krise andauert, desto wahrscheinlicher wird es, dass die Zukunft der Luftfahrt ohne staatliche Hilfe nicht gewährleistet werden kann.”

+++ Australien und Neuseeland schließen Grenzen im Kampf gegen Coronavirus +++

Im Kampf gegen eine weitere Ausbreitung des neuartigen Coronavirus schließen Australien und Neuseeland ihre Grenzen. Australiens Premierminister Scott Morrison teilte am Donnerstag mit, ab Freitagabend gelte ein Einreiseverbot für alle, die keine Staatsbürger seien oder ein ständiges Aufenthaltsrecht hätten. Die neuseeländische Regierungschefin Jacinda Ardern erklärte, das Einreiseverbot gelte für alle Touristen, Inhaber befristeter Visa wie Studenten und Besitzer einer befristeten Arbeitserlaubnis.

Australien und Neuseeland haben eine Reihe von Maßnahmen verhängt, um eine Ausbreitung des Virus zu bremsen, von Schulschließungen und anderen Verordnungen zur Einschränkung der Bewegungsfreiheit bislang aber abgesehen. Australien hat bislang 642 bestätigte Infektionsfälle registriert, Neuseeland 28 Fälle. Morrison zufolge infizierten sich rund 80 Prozent der australischen Betroffenen in Übersee oder durch Rückkehrer aus dem Ausland.

Nachrichten von Dienstag, den 17. März:

+++ Balearen-Regierung ruft 25.000 Touristen zum Verlassen der Inseln auf +++

Wegen der Coronavirus-Krise hat die Regionalregierung der Balearen alle auf Mallorca und den anderen spanischen Inseln noch verbliebenen Touristen dazu aufgerufen, schnellstmöglich in ihre Heimat zurückzukehren. Es mache keinen Sinn, dass die Menschen in den Hotels eingesperrt blieben, sagte Regionalpräsidentin Francina Armengol am Dienstag.

Man arbeite an einer “Operation Rückkehr” für alle ausländischen und spanischen Besucher der Inseln, sagte sie. Am Montag waren bereits 25 Sonderflüge von den Balearen-Flughäfen vor allem Richtung Deutschland und England gestartet. Gleichzeitig wurden aber nach Behördenangaben auch 67 reguläre Flüge storniert.

Piloten bei der Landung

Die Streichungen und Überbuchungen hätten vor allem auf dem Flughafen von Palma beträchtliche Sorge und Unruhe unter Touristen ausgelöst, die zurück in die Heimat wollten, berichtete die Regionalzeitung “Diario de Mallorca”. Das Auswärtige Amt startete eine Rückholaktion für Tausende Deutsche, die wegen Reisebeschränkungen in der Coronavirus-Krise im Ausland festsitzen. Dafür werden nach Angaben von Außenminister Heiko Maas bis zu 50 Millionen Euro zur Verfügung gestellt.

+++ Rückholaktion: Tausende deutsche Touristen sitzen im Ausland fest +++

Die Bundesregierung hat eine beispiellose Rückholaktion für tausende Deutsche gestartet, die wegen der Coronakrise im Ausland gestrandet sind. Außenminister Heiko Maas sprach am Dienstag von einer “Luftbrücke” vor allem für Urlauber in Marokko, der Dominikanischen Republik, den Philippinen, Ägypten und auf den Malediven. Gleichzeitig sprach Maas eine formelle, weltweite Reisewarnung für touristische Reisen aus. Auch das hat es so noch nicht gegeben. Reisewarnungen werden normalerweise nur bei Gefahr für Leib und Leben ausgesprochen, vor allem für Bürgerkriegsländer wie Syrien, Afghanistan oder Jemen. Sie können kostenlose Stornierungen ermöglichen.

Allein in Marokko sind es laut Maas 4000 bis 5000 Personen. Die Regierung in Rabat hatte am Sonntag bis zum 31. März fast alle internationale Verkehrsverbindungen – Flüge und Fähren – eingestellt. Die Dominikanische Republik in der Karibik hat seit Montag für einen Monat alle Flüge von und nach Europa ausgesetzt. Am Donnerstag wird Ägypten folgen. Geplant ist nun, dass Flugzeuge gechartert werden, um vor allem Pauschaltouristen zurück nach Hause zu bringen. Die Gestrandeten würden “im Laufe der nächsten Tage” zurückgeholt, sagte Maas. Betroffene können sich auf der Internetseite des Auswärtigen Amts über die weiteren Planungen informieren und sich in eine Krisenvorsorgeliste eintragen.

Nachrichten von Montag, den 16. März:

+++ Kanada erlässt Einreiseverbot wegen neuartigen Coronavirus +++

Inmitten der Coronavirus-Pandemie erlässt auch Kanada ein Einreiseverbot für Ausländer. Dies gelte aber zunächst nicht für US-Amerikaner, sagte Ministerpräsident Justin Trudeau bei einer Pressekonferenz am Montag in Ottawa. Er rief alle Kanadier im Ausland zur sofortigen Heimreise auf: “Wenn Sie im Ausland sind, ist es Zeit, dass sie nach Hause kommen”. Gerade Heimkehrer müssten sich in freiwillige Isolation begeben. Kanada und die USA teilen eine Tausende Kilometer lange Grenze und sind wirtschaftlich eng verflochten. Trudeau rief zur Solidarität mit den Mitmenschen auf: “Rufen sie ihre Freunde und Familie an, denken Sie an ihre Gemeinde.”

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