The EU Council and the European Parliament voted to allow U.K. citizens to travel without visas to the Schengen Area countries for short stays. The Schengen Area consists of 22 EU member states, plus Norway, Liechtenstein,
Switzerland and Iceland. Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, a U.K. citizen can stay in any Schengen Area country without a visa for a total of 90 days out of the 180 days that begin on the day of entry into the country. The visa exemption requires reciprocity from the U.K.; if the U.K. introduces a visa requirement for nationals from at least one of the Schengen Area countries, the EU will apply the Schengen Area's visa requirements to U.K. citizens, according to an EU official. Source: Business Travel News
Deutsche Bank said its decision is in support of LGBTIQ rights. This year, the bank co-founded a consortium to promote LGBTIQ inclusion in business. "The new laws introduced by Brunei breach the most basic human rights, and we believe it is our duty as a firm to take action against them," according to Deutsche Bank chief risk officer Stuart Lewis.Source: BTN
Of the 10 routes over 35,000 kilometers that had the most direct flights between March 2018 and February 2019, eight originated in the U.S., according to OAG's Busiest Routes 2019 report. The busiest crossborder routes of any distance were Kuala Lumpur-Singapore Changi with over 30,187 flights and Hong Kong-Taipei with 28,447. Fifteen of the 20 busiest crossborder routes originate and end in the Asia/Pacific region. OAG excluded carriers that operate fewer than 500 scheduled flights per year. Source: BTN
JetBlue will begin its first transatlantic service with flights to London from both New York and Boston in 2021. The flights will be on Airbus A321LR single-aisle aircraft with "a reimagined version" of JetBlue's premium Mint product. JetBlue has not yet determined which London airport it will serve. Source: BTN
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