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Why airlines have been forced to fly no passengers to Australia

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Global airliners are criticising Australia cutting returned travelers by 50 percent

Some airlines flying into Australia say many services will be forced to travel without passengers due to the cut in numbers.

Airlines say they will be converting some passenger services to freight only.

American Airlines stated that eight flights this month and 12 next month have so far are been converted to cargo-only.

The aviation industry has been one of the largest hit sectors due to the pandemic.

Australia will slash the number of passengers allowed to fly in per week from just over 6000 to around 3000 from tomorrow – the lowest since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Australia struggles to cope with international returnees

As part of a roadmap to recovering, the Australian PM Scott Morrison says, Australia will cut international arrivals by 50 percent.

The number of commercial international arrivals allowed into Australia will be temporarily halved to around 3,170 per week.

That figure goes from around six thousand returned travelers a week to now just over three thousand.

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has provided an update to the nation following a National Cabinet meeting, in response to a growing outbreak of COVID-19.

As part of a roadmap to recovering, the PM says, Australia will cut international arrivals by 50 percent.

The number of commercial international arrivals allowed into Australia will be temporarily halved to around 3,170 per week.

That figure goes from around six thousand returned travellers a week to now just over three thousand.

Home quarantine for fully vaccinated returned travellers will be trialled on a small-scale in South Australia.

Mr Morrison says state leaders have agreed lockdowns will only be used as a “last resort”.

“While the reduction of those caps will certainly, right across the system, obviously take some pressure off, as we have observed over the course of these past 18 months, that alone does not provide any fail-safe regarding any potential breaches,” he told reporters.

National Cabinet has also agreed to trial home quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers, and the Government says it will increase the number of repatriation flights to make up the shortfall.

Earlier, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she sympathised with the thousands of Australians stranded abroad who want to come home.

“Firstly, my heart goes out to thousands of Australians who have to wait longer to come home,” she told reporters in Sydney.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Germany recalls Tesla models due to emergency fault

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Tesla is in the spotlight again, with Germany’s road traffic agency recalling models Y and 3 due to a fault in the automatic emergency call system

It’s a fault that could possibly impact around 59,000 vehicles globally.

Germany’s watchdog says a software flaw is causing a breakdown of the e-Call, a system designed to alert authorities after a serious accident.

The glitch follows the company delivered almost 18 per cent fewer electric vehicles in the second quarter than in the previous.

This is largely due to China’s Covid-19-related shutdowns and the ongoing supply chain crunch.

Meanwhile, CEO Elon Musk says Tesla’s new factories in both Texas and Berlin are “losing billions of dollars”.

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World’s first city to charge tourists for visiting

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If you’re lucky to be heading abroad this summer, a visit to the famous canals in Venice, Italy might be on your itinerary, but beware of new fees to come.

Venice will charge most of its visitors an entry fee from next year as it tries to tackle overcrowding.

The city’s tourism chief says Venice are pioneers and will be the first city in the world to apply a measure that could be revolutionary.

From mid January next year, day-trippers must book their visit online before travelling.

They will pay a basic fee of 3 euro, which will rise to 10 euro at peak times.

Tourism is bouncing back in Venice after the pandemic with daily visitors again often outnumbering the 50-thousand residents of the city centre.

The scheme will be closely watched by other popular tourist destinations, overwhelmed with travellers around the world.

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Pubs in UK declining by thousands, new research

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It’s no secret Brit’s love their Pub Grub, but plating up Bangers and Mash is a tradition on the decline

The number of pubs in England and Wales is continuing to fall, hitting its lowest level on record this year

After struggling through Covid the industry now faced soaring prices and higher energy costs, it warned.

There were just under 40-thousand pubs in June, down by 7,000 in the past decade, according to new research.

In fact, thousands of pubs have closed as younger people drink less, supermarkets sell cheaper alcohol and the industry complains of being too heavily taxed.

Pubs which had “disappeared” from the communities they once served had either been demolished or converted for other purposes, meaning that they were “lost forever”.

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