Travel news: The world’s best performing airline has been revealed


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(CNN) – Among the clouds of 2022, we are finding good looks. Some countries popular for tourism are easing entry restrictions and the safest and most punctual airlines in the world have been revealed.

Here are the most important CNN Travel stories this week.

How will the flight change in 2022

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An Asia-Pacific airline topped’s annual list of the world’s safest airlines, surpassing nearly 400 airlines worldwide.
And in this age of hasty delays and rescheduling, Delta Air Lines has been declared the world’s best performing company for operational excellence and punctuality. In its one-off 2021 performance review, aviation data analyst Cirium praised its achievements “given the complexity of the airline’s operation, the volume of flights, the diversity of its network and other key operating factors “.

Bourdain’s “Unknown Parts” is now a CNN podcast

One of CNN’s most popular travel programs is now available as a podcast.

Starting in 2013, the late chef and best-selling author Anthony Bourdain took us on extraordinary journeys to “Parts Unknown,” from beautiful temples in Myanmar to meals shared with pioneers on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

The UK and Ireland are easier to visit

Covid cases are on the rise in the UK and Ireland, but with Omicron now the dominant variant on both islands, the governments of the five nations made the decision this week to relax their entry restrictions.
Ireland and England were the first to announce that they were removing the requirement for pre-departure PCR testing for fully vaccinated entry travelers, followed later by the countries of the United Kingdom of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Is it a policy of why close the door when the horse has come out?

Wales “reluctantly accepted” the measure, expressing concern over the speed of reopening international travel and the possibility of importing new variants and adding tension to the country’s health services.

I hate to play a “simple navigation” pun, but …

The cruise has touched turbulent waters.

On December 30, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised the risk of cruising to its highest category and said it should be avoided, regardless of the state of vaccination.
And now this week, a Covid outbreak affected the Mediterranean cruise ship MSC Grandiosa, the Norwegian Cruise Line canceled trips on eight ships and thousands stopped at the Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas in Hong Kong after a fright from Covid prompted authorities to order the ship to return. at the port.

CDC warns against a Caribbean getaway

In its first travel warning update for 2022, the CDC added only one new destination, the Caribbean island of Aruba, to its highest-risk “Level 4” category.

Four destinations in Europe and Asia went down from level 4 to level 3, none of them one of the biggest tourist hits, while Costa Rica, one of the favorites in Central America, went down from level 3 to level 2.

The landlocked West African country of Niger had the biggest drop of all, from high-risk level 4 to “Level 1: Covid-19 low”, a category reserved for destinations where there are less than 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants. has been registered for the last 28 days.

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John Walton, Marnie Hunter, Tamara Hardingham-Gill, Francesca Street, Livia Borghese, Teele Rebane, Forrest Brown, Jen Rose Smith, Yong Xiong, Karla Cripps, and Kris Fordham contributed to this report.

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