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S7 flight diverted after Kremlin critic suspected poisoned
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A Moscow-bound S7 Airlines flight carrying Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny diverted to the Siberian city of Omsk on Thursday, following a suspected poisoning. The 737-800, registered VP-BQF, departed Tomsk Bogashevo Airport in the country’s east at 8:06am. After nearly an hour in the air,  the politician was heard screaming from an onboard lavatory. Passengers

Graded Costa Rican reopening sees six US states permitted entry
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Costa Rica plans to reopen to US tourists from September onwards, shortly after readmitting travellers flying from a handful of countries deemed "low risk".

Virgin Atlantic defers Airbus deliveries
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Virgin Atlantic reportedly plans to delay the delivery of a number of aircraft produced by French plane maker Airbus.

SIA burns through half funds raised in just two months
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Around half the proceeds of a US$6.4 billion capital raise have already been spent by Singapore Airlines’ parent company SIA Group since it was first completed on 5 June. Operating at less than 10 per cent capacity, the Singaporean carrier has burned through more money in the two months leading up August than SIA, Cathay

UAE police dogs deployed to sniff out COVID-19
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As the UAE emerges from one of the world’s strictest lockdowns, sniffer dogs have been deployed at Dubai International Airport. The world-first procedure involves – according to Emirati broadsheet The National – taking perspiration samples from arriving visitors before being placed under the noses of specially trained dogs. Dubai only reopened its doors to international

Ghana, Nigeria to resume international flights
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Ghana and Nigeria are set to reopen their borders to international travel on 29 August and 1 September, respectively. While Nigeria reopened its domestic travel network on 8 July (after shuttering all airports on 21 March), international flights are set to be phased in gradually. Al Jazeera reported yesterday that Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika plans

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