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Closures, cutbacks and restrictions
The changing face of air travel
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News Round-up, April 28th
Closures, travel restrictions and cutbacks
The changing face of air travel
- JetBlue will become the first airline to require passengers to wear face masks or other face coverings starting May 4th, as United also sets requirements for masks for flight attendants.
- While it’s good news for the hard-hit airline industry that passengers are taking to the sky again, flight attendants complain of overcrowded airliners and passengers without masks, and the Association of Flight Attendants, which represents 50,000 flight attendants and 20 airlines, petitions the Secretary of Travel to halt all leisure travel, stating “we are calling on the Department of Transportation, in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services and other relevant agencies, to use its authority to mandate masks in aviation for crew, employees and passengers; require personal protective equipment; and end all leisure travel until the virus is contained.”
- Forbes reports on the rise of airlines adapting aircraft for cargo-only flights in order to stay solvent during the Coronavirus crisis.
- The airline industry discusses whether social distancing on flights upon the widespread resumption of air travel is a viable strategy, with some arguing that a one-size-fits-all approach is not the right way to go, and rather that airlines should adopt different policies about distancing, requirement of masks and sanitation according to variables such as routes, connections, aircraft, etc.; Eurocontrol runs the numbers and details the global team effort necessary to make air travel work in the age of Coronavirus.
News Round-up: April 24th
Cancellations, travel restrictions and airline news
The changing face of travel
- Business Travel News lists the most important points we need to address when considering a new approach to corporate travel post-Covid 19: “demand management, policy, service, suppliers, payment and expense, data, safety and well-being, engagement, and team.”
- There have been many think pieces written recently on how travel will change in a post-Coronavirus world, but none quite so on the money as this Forbes article which predicts rapidly changing airfare, more inconvenient travel, expert health screening at airports, more automation, fierce competition edging out budget airlines, a travel industry vacuum that makes way for startup airlines, older passengers, more cross-selling, scaled-back privileges for frequent fliers, less luxurious lounges, cleaner aircraft cabins, and more.
- Bloomberg predicts higher fares, fewer routes, pre-flight health checks and less free food as the Coronavirus pandemic ushers in a new era of air travel, with details on post-Coronavirus aircraft cabins, passenger tests, the essence of essential travel and what bouncing back will look like in the coming years.
- USA Today weighs in with more positive predictions about how your vacation plans might look in 2020, and, for a bit of levity in these trying times, some tongue-in-cheek news on how “more airlines banish the dreaded middle seat.”
News Round-up: April 21st
The changing face of air travel
- In line with their health & safety requirements during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Airbus has implemented a new aircraft “e-Delivery” virtual process for handing over new aircraft to customers.
- Aviointeriors proposes post-COVID-19 Janus seats so passengers can literally fly in their own bubble. Check it out!
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News Round-Up: April 20th
- The TSA screened more than 2 million people per day in April of last year. Now, it screens about 100,000 daily. Read this article from Vox to discover how the Coronavirus is disrupting US air travel, in 2 charts.
- Yahoo Finance covers earnings reported by airlines and how they’ll prepare for layoffs next fall.
- NPR discusses Emirates Airlines’ new policy of rapid Covid-19 tests for boarding passengers.
- United Airlines has plunged with excess of $2 billion lost in the first quarter, a loss of more than half of its 2019 profit in the midst of a pandemic that continues to ravage the travel industry. Sadly this record loss may be only the beginning for United States airline carriers. Read more about how the airlines are trying to stay solvent here.
Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson says his airline will collapse without government support.
Good news: while we wait out this pandemic, many of the world’s major airlines have come up with novel ideas to make it easier for frequent fliers to continue flying with them once air travel resumes in full force. Read this article from Flyertalk to find out which airlines are extending status and which are not.
News Round-Up: April 15th
- Forbes asking the real questions: how much will travel demand come back, and when will it return to pre-virus levels? Will demand patterns, including split between business and leisure travel, be different than before? How will the entire travel experience, from shopping for services to quality of services delivered, be different? Read the article to find out the answer to these questions- and more!
- It may take “4 or 5 years” for air travel to fully recover, as major U.S. airlines begin to divvy up $25 billion in government aid, ending tense negotiations with the Treasury Department about the requirement that they pay back some of this aid to compensate taxpayers. Read the full story here.
- Boeing customers cancel 150 Max Plane orders, the steepest drop in demand ever recorded because of Covid-19. Read the full story here.
- Dubai-based Emirates airline announced Monday that the company will resume limited service to several cities worldwide, including Chicago, with the goal of helping overseas Americans return home. Read the story here to find out more.
- Read The Points Guy on 7 ways travel will be forever changed after Coronavirus,and here’s Market Watch on a few ways travel might actually improve in a post-Coronavirus world (it’s about time for some good news)!
- Apple has launched a travel tool that reveals changes in travel behavior of those using its Maps app, following a similar move by Google.
News Round-Up: March 31st
- Read this article from Business Insider on changing or cancelling flights due to Coronavirus concerns or travel restrictions. It includes information about the top three U.S. airlines, Delta, United and American, and their policies for refunding the stranded.
- Read this comprehensive news article from USA Today on “essential air travel” for those who have to fly. It covers how to fly safely during the Coronavirus pandemic, the capacity at which are most airlines are operating and their standard safety procedures during the contagion, and which major airlines have grounded most of their flights.
- This article details what happened to a passenger stuck in Peru after the country closed its borders. American doctors and nurses have also been stranded abroad while helping other countries with the outbreak. Check out this list of travel bans and lockdowns for countries which have banned incoming flights and countries which have shut down their borders altogether.
News Round-up: March 21st
- Take a peek at the U.S. State Department Travel Map for live updates on areas around the globe with travel precautions. Scroll down in the map legend to the upper right of the screen to check it out: areas in red means “do not travel,” yellow means “exercise increased caution,” yellow with bars means “exercise increased caution- contains areas with higher security risks,” white means “exercise normal precautions,” white with bars means “exercise normal precautions- contains areas with higher security risk,” orange means “reconsider travel” and orange with bars means “reconsider travel- contains areas with higher security risk.” The map includes purple-starred American embassies, if you find yourself in need of help abroad.
- Want a quick infographic showing airports with on-time, delayed and cancelled flights in the United States? Check out the Flightawareness Misery Map
Here is a state-by-state guide of U.S. states on lockdown whose businesses have shuttered
- California orders nearly 400 millions residents to stay home
- New Yorkers also ordered to stay at home, by Mayor Cuomo
- New Orleans mayor issues stay-home mandate of his own
- Nonessential travel between US. and Canada and U.S. and Mexico should not limit commercial travel for trade purposes, President Trump promises
- Southwest Airlines halts flights to Chicago Midway after Coronavirus scare
- FAA: Tower at Midway closed after “several” employees come down with Coronavirus
- Flights cancelled at Salt Lake City International Airport after 5.7 magnitude earthquake rocks the area. Delta has cancelled all flights to Salt Lake City after a water main broke and flooded the airport, while other flights have been not cancelled but delayed
- Panama’s Copa Airlines latest airline to cease operations due to Coronavirus outbreak
- Regional carrier Compass Airlines to cease operations from April amid Coronavirus concerns
- Air Italy and British carrier Flybe two major airlines out of business after plummeting ticket sales