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by LTU932
Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

And again with the short notice. I'm really growing sick and tired of the government not knowing what they're doing. Something happens, and the the border closures will be extended, mark my words. In the meantime, we'll continue with the current "only repatriation charters and cargo flights&quo...

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by LTU932
Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

Update: No official date has been released yet related to the opening of the international Costa Rican airports. Many tourist operators, hotels and other entities are stubbornly requesting this resumption for July, after more than 100 days of zero revenue-activitites. Local authorities are studying...

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by LTU932
Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

And this is why being so short notice with the extension of of the border closures and with that SJO (for passenger traffic), is counterintuitive. Sure, some border restrictions will need to stay in place, especially for Nicaragua and Nicaraguan citizens that don't have neither temporary residence o...

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by LTU932
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

I don't recall which publication it was, but there was an article saying IB wanted to return to SJO already by July 1st. But it seems it could be a misunderstanding, because that date it seems, is when IB wants to resume regular longhaul operations. https://www.preferente.com/noticias-de-transportes...

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by LTU932
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

Iberia is willing ro resume their Central American operations in July, pending Government aprroval: IB MAD-PTY...2x weekly......330.....July 20 IB MAD-SJO..3x weekly......359.....July 17 So far, it seems nothing has been announced with the current border closures but I predict we won't know until l...

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by LTU932
Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

Panama has extended the ban on all international flights for an extra 30 days. Via Twitter: https://twitter.com/aacivilpty/status/1273274436184088577 What the President hinted at, has been made official now. In the meantime, Costa Rica has not yet decided about its border openings or not, which baf...

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by LTU932
Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dominant language on Brussels Airlines - French or Flemish_
Replies: 36
Views: 5452

Re: Dominant language on Brussels Airlines - French or Flemish_

What about GERMAN? German is, along with French and Dutch, one of the official languages of Belgium. The King himself took his oath in all three languages during his inauguration.

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by LTU932
Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

I believe Costa Rica would only do temperature checks to anyone (at least citizens) who are asymptomatic, or maybe even do those insta-tests that supposedly exist. Anyway, Costa Rica so far has been lucky despite the recent spike in cases that is focused mostly up north in places like San Carlos, La...

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by LTU932
Sun Jun 14, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

Somehow not surprising. But in a way, they cannot keep delaying reopening of PTY, same goes for SJO. Airports will be key to reopening the economy in both countries, and it doesn't have to be an outright opening, it can be a progressive opening, with restrictions on countries depending on the severi...

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by LTU932
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EgyptAir 777-300 to EL SALVADOR 09JUN
Replies: 25
Views: 4061

Re: EgyptAir 777-300 to EL SALVADOR 09JUN

miguel0881 wrote:
What is the current planned reopening date for PTY? Also June 30?
It was supposed to reopen May 22, but if I read this correctly, it was extended another 30 days, all subject to change.

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by LTU932
Wed Jun 10, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EgyptAir 777-300 to EL SALVADOR 09JUN
Replies: 25
Views: 4061

Re: EgyptAir 777-300 to EL SALVADOR 09JUN

UA was running a repatriation flight if I'm not mistaken to PTY within the last week. It was mentioned on the Embassy page. Right. Most Latin American countries locked down hard. This may be the first opportunity for some to get out. SJO also has quite a few recurring repatriation flights, operated...

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by LTU932
Sun May 31, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

Update: New date for the opening of all Costa Rican borders: June 30th. It seems the border closure gets extended by 15 days each time. We have to see if that date holds up by the time the 15th rolls on and another decision on the border closing is made. I'm not holding my breath though, especially...

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by LTU932
Sun May 17, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

There are zero restrictions at LAX for international flights. They come and go every day. I have operated several since March. Even air service to China has continued to operate during the pandemic. Even for commercial passenger flights (except for in- and outbound repatriation flights)? Let's not ...

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by LTU932
Sun May 17, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

While my SAL trips have been impacted ex-LAX due to repeated cancellations, I did book myself on LH from LAX to MUC on June 4th after getting a cancellation with them on DFW to FRA for that day. Seems to me that they'll proceed now come hell or high water, looking forward to the A350. Germany seems...

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by LTU932
Sun May 17, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

Argentina has drastically suspended the international civil aviation up to September and that hits the regular flights of Copa Airlines there: Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Mendoza, Rosario and Salta. I recall reports where Argentinian tourists stuck in Costa Rica were pleading to their government to let ...

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by LTU932
Sat May 16, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

That is surprising, given how they were preparing to reopen again, making changes that guarantee social distancing, etc. They seemed to be going full steam ahead without any issues from the government.

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by LTU932
Fri May 15, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

I can't visualise DL returning to MGA before years end. Maybe by late November next year, from ATL and then early evenings ATL-MGA, mornings MGA-ATL, however, not daily. MGA seems to have some limited seasonal non-stop demand from LAX, perhaps a few red-eyes both ways with the ATL frame then? Who k...

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by LTU932
Thu May 14, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

Delta Air Lines suspends indefinitely their services in Nicaragua. The first flight on DL ATL-MGA was scheduled in 2005 and the airline had planned the return to Managua on June 13th. However, both DL ATL-MGA and DL LAX-MGA won't operate anymore. I can see this as a reaction of the handling (or lac...

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by LTU932
Sun May 10, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

Sooner or later, everyone will want a bailout. With that being said, if they have managed their finances good enough, then it could be a smaller bailout if indeed they do decide to request one or change their minds about not wanting one at all.

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by LTU932
Fri May 08, 2020 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

both SJO and LIR wouldn't be opened again on May 15th as scheduled before. Update: All the Costa Rican borders will be close till June 15th. And I'm hearing concerns about this possibly causing food shortages in Costa Rica. But as far as I know, the borders will only let cargo transportation into t...

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by LTU932
Sun May 03, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

Based on the Costa Rican Ministry of Health speach on local media yesterday, the forecast for the opening of our borders seem to be focused into a long-term path. Having said that, the national borders including both SJO and LIR wouldn't be opened again on May 15th as scheduled before. My concern i...

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by LTU932
Sun May 03, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question on Iberia and Aerolineas Argentinas livery
Replies: 24
Views: 5274

Re: Question on Iberia and Aerolineas Argentinas livery

A similar case: Continental and Copa Airlines. CO also had their share on Copa Airlines, hence the very similar liveries. Similar but not the same. While AR started to get rid of the Iberia-style colourscheme, CM kept the CO-like colourscheme with just a change of the Copa Airlines font. The globe ...

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by LTU932
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 424
Views: 70420

Re: BER News and Discussion Thread

The local county authority in charge has just rubber-stamped one important document. But right now, the BER folks are unable to perform the compulsory passenger simulation tests because of the CoViD-19 restrictions. And then the operating company is on the verge of bankruptcy. Something tells me th...

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by LTU932
Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

All ground and air borders are now closed in Costa Rica till May 15th, meaning 15 more days than the intended date. Speaking strictly about aviation-wise through SJO, some isolated repatriation flights from Houston, Mexico City, San Salvador and others have landed in the past week. Depending on the...

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by LTU932
Sun Apr 19, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lifting of international air travel restrictions?
Replies: 17
Views: 1225

Re: Lifting of international air travel restrictions?

I really hope a good chunk of them are lifted before December holidays. If we can get this thing contained, we could really use a reactivation of flights to Europe here in SJO. But we need to be methodical and do it in such a way that things don't spiral out of control. Costa Rica is in enough econ...

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by LTU932
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lifting of international air travel restrictions?
Replies: 17
Views: 1225

Re: Lifting of international air travel restrictions?

Schengen area has been put on hold indefinitely, border controls within Schengen have been restored and every country has its borders closed. Only repatriation and essentials (transborder workers, medical emergencies, diplomats and gov't officials) are allowed croos borders by air, sea or land. Eve...

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by LTU932
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lifting of international air travel restrictions?
Replies: 17
Views: 1225

Re: Lifting of international air travel restrictions?

To my knowledge Wuhan ended lockdown on April 8. There is no information to indicate they have gone back in to lockdown. I wouldn't rely on that. We've already been burned once when the subject of human to human transmission came up. And without going political, but China is known to keep lots of t...

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by LTU932
Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lifting of international air travel restrictions?
Replies: 17
Views: 1225

Re: Lifting of international air travel restrictions?

I'd say it will be months, some earlier, others later. I can only speak for SJO, but given the situation in neighbouring Nicaragua (where nothing is being done against COVID-19), it is possible that even when the borders reopen (be it on April 30, or later), that there may be some local restrictions...

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by LTU932
Tue Apr 14, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

The airline and its major stock-holder has been under heavy attack by many who are against any government bail or financial assistance to the airline in these times. Let's face it: While small and middle businesses may not be as lucky to receive money from the government, the bigger corporations wi...

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by LTU932
Fri Apr 10, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

SJOtoLIR wrote:
SJOtoLIR wrote:
Costa Rica: Both SJO and LIR are closed to foreigners. Period: March 18th till April 12th..


Update: Costa Rica is extending the suspension to April 30th.
That's also for all land borders. And the reason may also have to do with Nicaragua doing absolutely nothing in regards to COVID-19.

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by LTU932
Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

Odd KL metal in PTY. B777 KLM Asia flew here to repatriate Europeans. https://twitter.com/tocumenaero/status/1243187369399984130?s=20 From Tocumen PTY Twitter account, in Spanish Not so odd. Back when I returned to SJO via PTY from Europe in December 2016, my KL aircraft was PH-BQH, a 77E from KLM ...

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by LTU932
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 335542

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

I guess i woke up today in a strange surreal world. Guayaquil mayor orders city cars to block the runway and prevent IB6453 from landing. The plane had crew only and was going to pick up and repatriate stranded Spanish nationals. Finally the plane landed in Quito. Same thing happened to a KLM fligh...

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by LTU932
Wed Mar 18, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA1 diverting to LHR
Replies: 25
Views: 11156

Re: BA1 diverting to LHR

vhtje wrote:
It's been a long time since BA1 was at LHR...
I believe back then, the callsign was Speedbird Concorde 1?

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by LTU932
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

https://www.teletica.com/251841_coronavirus-en-costa-rica-avianca-suspende-vuelos-desde-y-hacia-nuestro-pais?fbclid=IwAR2ZBxcizvW4swAOCyfn-9OxN-qTbWJREUab8Y_t9zVogjGZAQT3mWGWU6o AV is suspending all flights to and from Costa Rica effective tomorrow and until the current date for reopening the border...

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by LTU932
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

Costa Rica has declared national emergency because of COVID-19. It will close its borders for a month during the time between March 18, 23:59 hrs CST and April 12, 23:59 hrs CST. Unlike Guatemala, where IB MAD-GUA-SAL-MAD has been cancelled until further notice, both SJO and LIR haven't suspended a...

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by LTU932
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 335542

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

El Salvador's president with an interesting tweet: "The runway at SAL is now closed to all flights except cargo ones. Planes en route must alter their flight plans". https://twitter.com/nayibbukele/status/1239663888553185282 And on another tweet: "The Avianca flight from Mexico to Sa...

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by LTU932
Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

Here's the official press release: https://www.presidencia.go.cr/comunicados/2020/03/gobierno-declara-estado-de-emergencia-nacional-impide-llegada-de-extranjeros-y-se-suspende-lecciones-en-todos-los-centros-educativos-del-pais/ As far as the flights are concerned, exempt from the quarantine are flig...

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by LTU932
Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

https://www.crhoy.com/nacionales/covid-19-pais-cierra-fronteras-y-solo-ingresaran-ticos-y-residentes/?fbclid=IwAR2hY4rsTEA8LqW082nrg5sx_vWL-3r44V6pIKoR3pl_CcK3SbBHpj-1SGk Costa Rica has declared national emergency because of COVID-19. It will close its borders for a month during the time between Mar...

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by LTU932
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 335542

Re: Rumour:AF-KLM about to get state injection of cash?

I mean it's not like most of the EU ever paid much attention to the rules that didn't suit them. We are facing probably the biggest crisis in Europe since 1945, so this isn't much about "not paying attention to rules that didn't suit them". Nonetheless, there are many instances where the ...

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by LTU932
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

So far, nothing has been said about suspending the Hub of the Americas operations. Some destinations are suspended (MAR, CCS, VLN, GYE, UIO, PBM perhaps others will follow) but connecting traffic is not affected by Panamanian restrictions. IMHO, service might continue to major CM destinations not s...

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by LTU932
Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

Panama's president has stated on his twitter account that form 2359h Monday March 16, only Panamanian nationals and legal residents will be allowed into the country. Any national or legal resident will have to remain 14 days in quarantine at home. Which most likely means that the busiest route in C...

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by LTU932
Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

2travel2know2 wrote:
News media websites don't mention TK
Which is curious, considering that IST and ISL are on the European side of Istanbul. SAW is on the Asian side.

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by LTU932
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH500 March 13 returning to FRA
Replies: 4
Views: 3741

Re: LH500 March 13 returning to FRA

Five LS flights have turned around near and over Spain, and returned to the UK, similar to LH 500. Maybe no tech reason? https://twitter.com/flightradar24/status/1238751149559291906 EDIT: Speculation on Twitter is that Spain has closed its borders for air traffic. But that shouldn't mean that overfl...

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by LTU932
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

As GOSSIP I heard that PTY is going to restrict those flights. I dont know if its true. I know someone that arrived today from Spain via KLM and is in quarentine, don't know if its self quarentined or mandated. I follow Panamanian Immigration on Twitter, and I've yet to hear anything about quaranti...

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by LTU932
Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

Panama has had Global Entry for around 5 yrs. or is Panama not part of Central America? :lol: :lol: :lol: Note that I said "to my knowledge". :mischievous: On another note, how are the travel restrictions imposed by Guatemala and El Salvador affect not just airlines, but its own citizens ...

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by LTU932
Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

What helps is that both countries have biometric passports, which is a requirement for a country to participate and is something that the rest of CentAm isn't considering. Costa Rica doesn't have biometric passports just yet, but they are slated to be introduced by next year. I presume by then thei...

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by LTU932
Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

Corwim wrote:
Actually Panama already has Global Entry, they've had it since 2017 I believe.
I didn't know that. Either way, Costa Rica and Panama are the two most, if not the only viable nations in Central America for GE.

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by LTU932
Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 19639

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2020

https://www.crhoy.com/economia/ticos-podrian-inscribirse-para-ser-viajeros-de-bajo-riesgo-en-ee-uu/ After over five years of negotiation, Costa Rica has finally been admitted into Global Entry, as (to my knowledge) first Central American nation. Costa Ricans who have Global Entry would be considered...

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by LTU932
Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK to leave European Aviation Safety Agency
Replies: 73
Views: 11451

Re: UK to leave European Aviation Safety Agency

IMO the changes caused by the UK leaving EASA are exaggerated here. Regarding frames produced and certified in the EU, nothing big will change, apart from those frames needing a CAA certification to be used in the UK. Components produced for those frames need to be certified by EASA. Regarding fram...

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by LTU932
Tue Mar 03, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight
Replies: 135
Views: 19737

Re: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight

I flew KLM last October and no issue. I don't film the crew, I just take some random cabin photos and mostly out the window. I don't think they'll care about that. I actually haven't had an issue full stop in about five years. I flew KL in December 2016, and CM in 2018 and got no issues with making...

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