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South Africa: UK-bound flights cancelled after COVID variant ban comes into effect


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Scores of Britons flooded the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg in a desperate rush to get home after the UK temporarily banned flights from six African countries, including South Africa, amid concerns over a new COVID-19 variant identified as B.1.1.529.

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Anxious-looking travellers stood in long queues at Johannesburg’s international airport on Friday, desperate to squeeze onto the last flights to countries that had just shut their doors to South Africa.

Many cut short their holidays, rushing back from safaris and vineyards when Britain announced late Thursday night that all flights from South Africa and its neighbours would be banned the following day.

A flurry of nations have since followed suit, concerned about the discovery of a new coronavirus variant with a large number of mutations fuelling an infection resurgence in South Africa.

UK citizen Toby Reid, a 24-year-old trader in London, was camping on Cape Town’s Table Mountain with his girlfriend when the ban was announced.

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CDC urges travelers to ‘avoid’ several European destinations due to COVID-19 levels

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Americans to “avoid travel” to a new batch of Europeans destinations: Iceland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Guernsey, a British Crown Dependency in the English Channel.

The CDC issued Level 4 travel health notices for all four destinations Monday due to “very high” levels of COVID-19.

“If you must travel … make sure you are fully vaccinated,” the CDC said of the locations.

The State Department issued parallel travel advisories Monday in line with the CDC, saying “do not travel” to Iceland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Guernsey is not on the list.

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United will stop flying to 11 US cities indefinitely – see the full list


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  • United Airlines is dropping 11 routes to small cities from its hubs in Houston, Denver, and Chicago.
  • The small communities are getting cut “due to changes in the long-term sustainability,” United said.
  • Delta and American have also stopped service to some low-demand markets since the pandemic started.

United Airlines is dropping 11 small US cities from its network as regional routes continue to feel the effects of the pandemic.

  • Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Michigan: United is dropping its service from Chicago to Kalamazoo, though American and Delta will still serve the airport from Chicago and Detroit, respectively.
  • College Station, Texas: College Station will no longer have United’s service from Houston, though it will still be served by American from Dallas-Fort Worth.
  • Columbia, Missouri: United is ceasing service from Chicago to Columbia, but American will remain an operator to Chicago.
  • Mosinee, Wisconsin: Mosinee is losing its United service from Chicago but will keep Delta routes from Minneapolis-St. Paul and Detroit and American flights from Chicago.
  • Evansville, Indiana: United is stopping flights from Chicago to Evansville, but the airport will keep American flights from Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Charlotte, North Carolina, and Delta service from Atlanta and Detroit. In addition, Allegiant Air flies from Evansville to Orlando and Destin in Florida.
  • Killeen-Fort Hood, Texas: Killeen-Fort Hood is losing United’s flight from Houston, which makes American the airport’s sole airline with service to Dallas-Fort Worth.
  • Lansing, Michigan: United is ending its Chicago to Lansing route. American will continue to serve the airport from Washington, DC, and Chicago, while Delta will operate flights from Detroit.
  • Monroe, Louisiana: Monroe is losing its United service from Houston, though Delta will continue serving the city from Atlanta, while American will fly from Dallas-Fort Worth.
  • Pierre, South Dakota: United is dropping service from Denver to Pierre. After United’s exit, Denver Air Connection, which is a charter and scheduled passenger airline, will be the sole operator out of the airport.
  • Watertown, South Dakota: Watertown is the second South Dakota airport dropped by United. Like Pierre, Denver Air Connection will be the airport’s only scheduled airline.
  • Twin Falls, Idaho: United is ending its Denver to Twin Falls route, leaving Delta as the sole operator, with service from Salt Lake City

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25 Most Beautiful Destinations in America – Travel Video


One of the largest countries in the world, the United States boast dazzling and delightful scenery, with dramatic coastlines, lovely lakes, and desolate desert landscapes. Between the Rockies in the west and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the east are all kinds of natural and human-made wonders, as well as some of the best and most beautiful national parks in the world. One of the best ways to see America’ most beautiful destinations is to take an unforgettable road trip, stopping off at its most famous and photographed sights as you go.


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