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Hawaiian Airlines has taken the futuristic route by employing seagliders to travel islands in Hawaii, Europe drops mask mandate for flights and airports, loosening Covid rules further and more in top stories of the day.
Island-Hop Hawaii with Electric-powered planes
Hawaiian Airlines has taken the futuristic route by employing seagliders to travel islands in Hawaii. These seagliders produce zero emissions and travel just above the water surface rather than thousands of feet in the air like traditional planes. The planes fly at the speed of an aircraft, but with the operating cost of a boat, according to REGENT.
“Seagliders will be a game-changer for sustainable regional transportation in communities such as Hawai’i,” Billy Thalheimer, the CEO of REGENT, said in the statement. The new planes are expected to be available for commercial service by 2028.
Europe drops mask mandate for flights and airports, loosening Covid rules further
Face masks will no longer have to be worn on flights and in airports in EU countries from next Monday, according to new official guidance. The move is in line with changing Covid policies on public transport across Europe, said the EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). But EASA said rules for masks “will continue to vary by airline”.
But the new guidance came with some cautionary advice from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). ECDC director Andrea Ammon said that although the wearing of masks would no longer be compulsory, it was important to remember that “together with physical distancing and good hand hygiene, it is one of the best methods of reducing transmission”.
45-day ‘Summer Carnival’ at Mumbai Airport
Rejoicing the delights of the summer season, the Mumbai International Aiport Ltd. has announced the hosting of a Summer Carnival starting from May 15. Brimming with fun activities, food and beverage combos along with discounts at 20+ retail outlets, this festival will continue till June 30. The Mumbai Airport just got a lot more popular with travellers.
Queen’s Baton to Travel 2,500 Miles in Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth
Covering more than 180 communities, spanning over 2,500 miles through air, road, sea and more, the highly anticipated Queen’s Baton route for the Commonwealth has been unveiled. Starting from England, it will cover the Falkland Islands, Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, among many. Commemorating the Queen’s 70th year as monarch will unite people and generate fervour.
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