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Google Is Providing Search Data to Air France, Lufthansa, Other Airlines Looking to Decide Which Routes to Restart

Google is rolling out a new tool that provides airline partners with search data that carriers are using to help decide which routes to restart and when.

Unlike existing data from Google for airlines about their own performance across Google products, the newly provided data provides a market-wide view of consumer intent based on flight searches regardless of airline.

Lufthansa and Air France were two partners willing to go on the record about their use of the tool, which is a supplement to performance information already existing in the Google Flights Reporting Center, and airlines’ own data resources.

Dozens of airlines and online travel agencies, and more recently hotels and car rental firms in every region of the world are using the new data tool, Demand Explorer, according to Gianni Marostica, Google’s managing director of business development for travel. He spoke Thursday with Skift exclusively about the new tool, which

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Thousands told European trips are cancelled despite air bridges deal

Holidaymakers hoping to make it to Greece this summer faced with wave of flight cancellations - Getty
Holidaymakers hoping to make it to Greece this summer faced with wave of flight cancellations – Getty

UK holidaymakers who have been keeping tabs on imminent air bridge announcements – and had hoped this meant their trips to European destinations including Spain, Italy and Greece would be able to go ahead this summer – could be in for disappointment.

Tui have cancelled 95 per cent of its holidays in July, and easyJet are only running about half of their flights – although in some cases cancellation emails are only going out now. This means that even if air bridges were to be confirmed by the Government at the weekend as proposed, many UK holidaymakers will still not be able to travel on their existing bookings. 

Several easyJet and Tui customers posted news of their cancelled flights for the coming weeks on Twitter yesterday, calling into question whether the proposed air

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Portugal likely to miss out as details of ‘air bridge’ deals emerge

Britons will have to wait to return to the Algarve - istock
Britons will have to wait to return to the Algarve – istock

Portugal is the most popular destination for British holidaymakers likely to miss out on the first wave of air bridge agreements set to be announced this weekend. 

The country’s tourist board is likely to be deeply disappointed. Luis Araujo, chief executive of Visit Portugal, this week told the Telegraph that he was optimistic the UK would be “fully confident” for Britons to return. “We are very excited to be welcoming them back,” he said. Portugal welcomed 2.5million visitors from the UK last year. 

However, according to sources, the country’s recent spike in coronavirus cases has meant Portugal will have to wait before enjoying friction-less travel with the UK. 

Turkey, Croatia and the US are two other popular destinations not to be included in the first tranche of deals.

France, Spain and Italy, however, will be included in the

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Surprise as Portugal likely to miss out on ‘air bridge’ deal

Britons will have to wait to return to the Algarve - istock
Britons will have to wait to return to the Algarve – istock

Portugal is the most popular destination for British holidaymakers likely to miss out on the first wave of air bridge agreements set to be announced this weekend. 

The country’s tourist board is likely to be deeply disappointed. Luis Araujo, chief executive of Visit Portugal, this week told the Telegraph that he was optimistic the UK would be “fully confident” for Britons to return. “We are very excited to be welcoming them back,” he said. Portugal welcomed 2.5million visitors from the UK last year. 

However, according to sources, the country’s recent spike in coronavirus cases has meant Portugal will have to wait before enjoying friction-less travel with the UK. 

Turkey, Croatia and the US are two other popular destinations not to be included in the first tranche of deals.

France, Spain and Italy, however, will be included in the

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Britons await news of air bridges as Europe opens to tourists

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Boris Johnson will today give the go-ahead for pubs, restaurants and galleries to reopen on July 4; and confirm that the two-metre rule will be cut to one, enabling businesses and venues to reopen in the biggest return of freedoms since March 23 when the UK was plunged into lockdown.

What does this mean for hotels, and holidays here in Britain? UK tour operators eagerly await the official guidance they’ll need to prepare for the resumption of business, but Johnson has said he hopes to reopen “at least some of the hospitality industry” from July 4. 

As for foreign forays, the UK’s controversial 14-day quarantine policy is up for review on June 29, by which time an announcement is expected to be made regarding “air bridges” that would enable European holidays, with frontrunners including Spain, Greece and Portugal. Tui, the UK’s largest tour operator, will offer a

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End of lockdown could trigger ‘extreme’ congestion and worse air quality as commuters swap public transport for cars

The significantly cleaner air being breathed in the UK in recent months is likely to deteriorate over the coming week as the lockdown eases on Monday, triggering a surge in road traffic.

Many other countries which have eased restrictions enforced at the height of the coronavirus pandemic have since seen numbers of vehicles on the roads soar to record levels.

As many shops and workplaces open for the first time since 23 March on Monday, pollution levels are expected to climb and the number of road accidents is likely to rise.

In China, as restrictions have eased and travel and industry resumed, air pollution is now overtaking the levels prior to the pandemic.

In Wuhan, where the outbreak began, car use is now hit levels higher than before the pandemic, and the same is true of Stockholm in Sweden.

As lockdown measures have eased, authorities in cities around the world

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