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United Airlines to Close Most of Its Foreign Crew Bases

United Airlines to Close Most of Its Foreign Crew Bases

United Airlines said it plans to close three of four flight attendant bases outside the United States amidst the plummet in travel demand due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The airline made the announcement in a memorandum to crewmembers that was shown to Frequent Business Traveler.
United will close its bases in Frankfurt, Hong Kong, and Tokyo effective October 1.  The London base will remain open, according John Slater, who authored the memo.
The …

Coronavirus News from Across the Globe: June 1, 2020 – Protests ‘Could Exacerbate’ Spread of Virus, Says Cuomo

Coronavirus News from Across the Globe: June 1, 2020 – Protests ‘Could Exacerbate’ Spread of Virus, Says Cuomo

Officials across the United States expressed concern that the large protests against police violence that took place in multiple cities could cause result in new outbreaks of the novel coronavirus.
“I’m extremely concerned we are seeing mass gatherings,” said Keisha Lance Bottoms, the mayor of Atlanta. “We’re going to see the other side of this in a couple of weeks.”  In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he was …

Dubai, Hong Kong Airports to Reopen to In-Transit Passengers

Dubai, Hong Kong Airports to Reopen to In-Transit Passengers

Two major airports – Hong Kong and Dubai – will soon begin to allow in-transit passengers.
Hong Kong International Airport, one of the world’s busiest, will partially resume transit services next week, the city’s leader said Tuesday.
“Transit services at the airport, which have been suspended since March 25, will partly resume on June 1,” Chief Executive Carrie Lam told reporters.
Meanwhile, Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed said that Dubai International …

Coronavirus Update: Caseload Now 2.5 Million, Trump Wants to Halt Immigration, N.Y. Reports Fewest Cases in a Month

Coronavirus Update: Caseload Now 2.5 Million, Trump Wants to Halt Immigration, N.Y. Reports Fewest Cases in a Month

IN BRIEF
President Trump announced he would suspend legal immigration for an unspecified period of time, saying he was taking the drastic move “in light of the Invisible Enemy.
As countries including Austria, Denmark, and Germany began to cautiously relax some restrictions, including the reopening of smaller shops with the proviso that social-distancing is observed, in the United States, the governors of  Georgia, Ohio, and Tennessee took steps to broadly reopen their …

Emirates Walks Back Plan to Cease Operations, Will Continue Flights to 13 Countries

Emirates Walks Back Plan to Cease Operations, Will Continue Flights to 13 Countries

Emirates Airline retreated from its early Sunday announcement to suspend all passenger flights and said it will continue to service some destinations.
The Dubai-based airline said it would suspend “most” flights, however, by March 25, 2020.
The carrier is the world’s largest operator of Airbus A380 superjumbo jets.
Emirates said that “requests from governments and customers to support the repatriation of travelers” had caused it to make the change.  The airline said it …

How Hotel Chains Are Addressing Travel To Areas Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus

The coronavirus is now affecting 104 countries and territories across the globe and many travelers are postponing or cancelling their travel plans as a result.
In some cases, a traveler is holding off because travel to his destination is simply not possible due to quarantine and containment rules; in others, it’s simply a desire not to go somewhere where one might end up with the coronavirus or trapped in a quarantined …

Coronavirus Update: Number of New Cases Hits 3-Week Low, Incubation Period Could Be Longer Than 14 Days

Coronavirus Update: Number of New Cases Hits 3-Week Low, Incubation Period Could Be Longer Than 14 Days

MONDAY’S NEWS AND FIGURES
The death toll and number of infections from the Wuhan coronavirus hit a three-week low Monday.  Officials in China reported 105 new deaths, bringing the total to at least 1,113, and 2,058 new confirmed cases that were recorded in the previous 24 hours. The total number of confirmed diagnoses of the virus is now 70,558 and the global death toll is 1,775.
CORONAVIRUS NEWS
02-17 The incubation period for …