News notes from around the interweb:
- U.S. hotel occupancy creeps up to 42%
- There are a lot of rental cars just sitting on airport lots, I’m sure more than just these two airline employees had the idea to start stealing some, an older ring was just broken up, there were massive thefts in New Zealand during lockdown. There were just thefts at the Fort Myers airport where a man was found with the keys.
- Review of The Aircraft Safety and Certification Reform Act of 2020
- Iceland still has one or two COVID-19 cases some days, but life is pretty much back to normal and they’re welcoming visitors from beyond Europe in a couple of weeks. Their testing and tracing regime is serious. Here’s what it’s all like.
- Thailand may not lift international travel restrictions on July 1. Thai Airways is preparing to ramp up international operations August 1. Restrictions may initially remain on non-business travel ‘because business travelers can pay for quarantines abroad’.
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
- One town in Washington State has started printing its own money. (HT: @thetvlinsider) And it occurs to me, airlines already print their own currency, why take out a mortgage on MileagePlus when United could just pay its employees and creditors in miles? (Oh, wait, American Airlines is already doing that!)
- The UK Prime Minister’s plane is getting a new red, white and blue livery.