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Spain Calls for Investigation Into Airlines Breaching EU Refund Regulations

Iberia Airlines

An Iberia aircraft at Madrid’s Barajas airport. Iberia Airlines

Skift Take: Airline refunds have not been happening as they should be in Europe in the wake of mass cancellations due to the virus. Though it’s not clear which specific airlines are at fault, the practice has been widespread enough to warrant an investigation.

— Rosie Spinks

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China Eases Flight Curbs After U.S. Targets Its Carriers

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China has slashed international flights since late March to allay concerns over rising coronavirus infections brought by arriving passengers. 孤飞的鹤 / Adobe

Skift Take: China’s policies are about to become even more complex, and airlines will need to jump through even more hoops if they want to increase flight frequencies to the country.

— Matthew Parsons

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Austria to Lift Coronavirus Travel Restrictions With Its Neighbors — Except Italy

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Austria will continue to enforce travel restrictions to and from Italy due to that country’s higher coronavirus infection rate. Emmanuel DYAN / Flickr

Skift Take: Austria’s continued plans to enforce travel restrictions against Italy show shared borders don’t mean automatic admittance to a travel bubble during the coronavirus recovery.

— Cameron Sperance

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Prague Tempts Visitors With Cheaper Czech Beer and Other Perks


An image of the Charles River flowing through Prague, Czech Republic. JumpStory

Skift Take: Only last December, the Czech capital had many residents griping about overtourism. The pandemic has since crushed tourism, prompting local businesses to tempt visitors back with cheaper prices. Hopefully a balance can be struck.

— Sean O’Neill

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Caribbean Islands Reopen to International Tourism


An image of Gros Piton, or Grand Piton, a mountain in the southern tip of the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. JumpStory

Skift Take: A cluster of Caribbean islands, including Saint Lucia, are reopening this month for international tourism. But be cautious. Federal forecasters expect an above-average hurricane season amid a pandemic.

— Sean O’Neill

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