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Diplomatic and economic sanctions have recently been imposed on Qatar by its neighbours Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain as well as Egypt and others.
Following the US, the British government has announced a cabin baggage ban on laptops on direct passenger flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.
Virgin Atlantic announced its intention to expand its strategic partnership with The Air France-KLM Group and Delta Air Lines to offer its customers access to the most comprehensive transatlantic route network via an extensive joint venture
Following the new restrictions that came into force on March 25, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad have decided to offer laptops, tablets and handling services on all their US-bound flights.
Etihad’s free Chauffeur Service will continue to operate from their home in Abu Dhabi for guests travelling in Residence, First Class, Business Class and Redemption First & Business Class, subject to fare choice conditions.
British Airways have been notified by the JFK Terminal 7 programme that during the next phase of construction from 22 Jun to end of Jan 2018 there is going to be a delay getting through security at JFK. This will affect all World Traveller and World Traveller Plus customers on flights departing after 1700hrs.
In July 2017 the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the introduction of enhanced security screening for people travelling to the United States.
Air Canada announced expanded seasonal services to Ireland with new non-stop flights from Toronto to Shannon and between Montreal and Dublin. The flights will be operated using Air Canada's newest single-aisle aircraft, the Boeing 737 Max 8 featuring a Business and Economy cabin configuration.
Ireland will be connected to Hong Kong by air for the first time as Cathay Pacific Airways is to begin direct flights to and from China. Hong Kong's flagship airline will begin the Dublin-Hong Kong route from next June and will operate the service four times per week.
A fall in demand from passengers has prompted US airline United to suspend flights from Shannon Airport to New York/Newark during the winter. United confirmed that it would stop flying from the mid-west airport to Newark, New Jersey, which serves New York, between November 26th next and March 9th 2018.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trace, Charlie Flanagan TD, launched the new Online Passport Application service on 30th March 2017. This new service will allow adults to renew their passport books and cards online wherever they are in the world.
Irish airline Stobart Air said that it will operate a new Dublin to London Southend route under the Flybe brand. The service to Southend airport, which is 40 miles outside London, will feature up to three flights a day, seven days a week, and will commence on October 29th.