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Despegar Salvages Its Acquisition of Mexican Travel Agency Best Day

In an acquisition put through the upheaval of the pandemic, Despegar said Thursday it would now acquire the Mexican travel agency Best Day at a discounted price.

In January, Despegar first proposed buying Best Day for $136 million. But later during the first signs of a travel downturn from the pandemic, the Argentine-based travel agency sought to renegotiate the price.

Despegar will now pay about $56.5 million for Best Day, payable over three years  without a cash outlay. The company will pay up to $20 million extra within two years, depending on additional terms tied to share price.

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UN agency recommends health guidelines for airlines

Montreal (AFP) – Mask wearing, temperature controls, disinfection of aircraft: the International Civil Aviation Organization on Monday published a series of health recommendations for the pandemic-hit airline industry as it relaunches air travel.

The protocol was drawn up by an international task force formed by the Montreal-based ICAO with the help of other UN agencies like the World Health Organization and the powerful International Air Transport Association (IATA).

“These guidelines will facilitate convergence, mutual recognition and harmonization of aviation COVID-19 related measures across the globe,” Philippe Bertoux, France’s representative on ICAO’s board, which led the “task force” debate, said in

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The TSA could start airport temperature screenings as early as next week despite concerns the agency doesn’t have the authority to conduct them

A general view of the departure hall of Terminal 1 at JFK airport on May 15, 2020. There are virtually no travelers during COVID-19 pandemic at the airport.
A general view of the departure hall of Terminal 1 at JFK airport on May 15, 2020. There are virtually no travelers during COVID-19 pandemic at the airport.

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  • The White House is moving forward with a plan to have the Transportation Security Administration administer temperature checks to air travelers despite concerns from lawmakers and the agency that it does not have the authority to conduct them.

  • Those who have a recorded temperature of 100.4°F or higher be directed toward the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the report from The Wall Street

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