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(CNN) — Staffing shortages and storms are causing major disruption to spring getaway plans in the United States and Europe, but on the bright side, dozens of destinations are finally seeing a drop in their Covid-19 infection rates.
This is what happened in the travel news this week.
Travel chaos in Europe
There have been major disruptions at Britain’s airports this week. Covid-related staffing shortages have led to hundreds of flight delays and cancellations, with British Airways and easyJet customers hardest hit. The nation is in the midst of the Easter holiday season and the problems are expected to continue in the coming weeks.
There was a sharp rise in Covid infections in the UK after restrictions were lifted in early March, although this has started to taper off. British Airways, easyJet and Virgin Atlantic are among the UK airlines that have relaxed their mask mandates.
Further trouble ensued when the Spanish Tourist Office in the UK apologized for incorrectly stating on April 6 that unvaccinated UK citizens could now enter Spain without restrictions. This was due to a misunderstanding by the Tourist Office, so it is not just us civilians on the ground who are confused by the governments Covid rules.
Staff shortages have also been behind huge security lines at Ireland’s Dublin airport, with passengers now being advised show up three and a half hours before your flight. The situation got so bad over the weekend of March 26 that passengers reported missing their flights after spending more than two hours going through security.
Covid Fees and Restrictions
There was good news elsewhere, though, as more than two dozen destinations, including Canada and several Caribbean nations, saw risk levels drop on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s list of travel advisories. US diseases
Reflecting on Anthony Bourdain
A new documentary from CNN Films and HBO Max about Anthony Bourdain premieres on CNN this Sunday, April 10.
“Roadrunner” chronicles Bourdain’s journey from New York chef to acclaimed author and much-loved television personality. He also reflects on his 2018 suicide at the age of 61. CNN Travel spoke with director Morgan Neville about what he learned about Bourdain from making the film.
CNN Audio also turned Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” travel series into a podcast. New episodes are released every week, with the latest release being a 2015 trip to Marseille, the oldest city in France.
A rendering showing Condor’s new candy colored pinstripe aircraft.
China is getting into the hypersonic flight game with a new plane from Beijing-based Space Transportation that hopes to carry passengers at twice the speed of Concorde by the 2030s.
If it works, that means Shanghai to New York in just a couple of hours.
Meanwhile, in Costa Rica, a plane skidded off the runway and broke in two.
The world’s largest plane destroyed
A CNN crew first saw the wreckage of the world’s largest plane after the Russian military withdrew from a strategic airfield outside kyiv.
New images show the full extent of the damage to the Antonov An-225, the world’s largest commercial airliner. It was destroyed in late February when Russian troops seized an airfield near kyiv that was one of the first strategic targets of their invasion of Ukraine.
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Top Image: Travelers sit outside the Covid-19 testing center at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 3 on April 6, 2022. (Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images)