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Great Moments in Travel History – April 2020

A year from now, the “Great Moments” monthly feature will presumably include multiple mentions of the various shutdowns and, one can only hope, some of the restarts of the Coronavirus Age.
Still, the month of April is commonly associated with spring and rain, as in the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” The month is also associated with two major religious holidays that result in one of the busiest travel seasons …

American Airlines Reverses Course on Face Mask Ban

American Airlines Reverses Course on Face Mask Ban

American Airlines announced it would henceforth allow crewmembers to don face masks while at work. Both United Airlines and Delta Air Lines already permitted this.
The reversal comes after intense pressure by employees and the union representing the airline’s flight attendants.
The news was announced in an e-mail to crewmembers the company’s vice president of customer planning, Jill Surdek, who underscored the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintain that …

Turkish Airlines Slashes International Routes from Over 300 to 5

Turkish Airlines Slashes International Routes from Over 300 to 5

Turkish Airlines, which until now provided service to more countries than any other, announced the temporary suspension of all international flights with the exception of five destinations.
The five destinations to which the Turkish flag carrier will continue to offer flights are Addis Ababa, Hong Kong, New York City, Moscow, and Washington, D.C.
The schedule change goes into effect on March 27, 2020.
Until the coronavirus outbreak, Turkish Airlines served 315 destinations in …

Hawaii to Institute Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine For Visitors as well as Returning Residents

Hawaii to Institute Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine For Visitors as well as Returning Residents

Hawaii’s governor said late Saturday that, in an attempt to slow down community spread of the novel coronavirus in the archipelago state, the state will institute a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all visitors and residents arriving in the state.
Terming it an “extreme action,” Hawaii’s governor, David Ige, stopped short of shutting down flights in and out of the island, a position advocated by some politicians there.
The quarantine for visitors and returning …

United Airlines Reverses Course on Some Flight Suspensions

United Airlines Reverses Course on Some Flight Suspensions

United Airlines, which late yesterday announced it would reduce international flying by 95%, said late Saturday it would only reduce the schedule by 90%.
Calling this “a fluid situation,” the Chicago-based airline said it plans to continue to operate six flights to Frankfurt, London, São Paulo, Sydney, Tel Aviv, and Tokyo, covering Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.
It will continue to offer service from its New York area …

Southwest Airlines to Suspend All International Flying, Reduce Total Capacity by 25%

Southwest Airlines to Suspend All International Flying, Reduce Total Capacity by 25%

Southwest Airlines announced it will temporarily suspend all international operates effective Sunday and reduce total capacity by at least 25%.
The decision to suspend international service was based the fact that numerous governments are restricting travel across their borders as well as the State Department Level 4 warning advising Americans not to travel abroad.
The capacity reduction will be in place from Sunday until additional capacity reductions go into effect on April …

Spring Arrives, And So Does a ‘Significant Storm’

Spring Arrives, And So Does a ‘Significant Storm’

Spring will start late Thursday at 11:50 p.m. EDT but the weather in some parts of the country will be anything but spring like, the National Weather Service said.
“A significant storm system will bring a plethora of weather impacts to the central United States into Friday,” the agency said.
Heavy snow and gusty winds will cause hazardous travel and driving conditions from the Rockies to portions of the northern Plains. Meanwhile, …