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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 6: Cases Rise in All But 4 States in U.S., Hospitalizations in New York Triple

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 6: Cases Rise in All But 4 States in U.S., Hospitalizations in New York Triple

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 757th day of the pandemic.
As the week comes to a close, Covid cases are rising in all but four states and the District of Columbia in the United States, and practically jumping in the two corners of the country, the Northeast and Pacific Northwest.
The rate of new novel coronavirus cases …

American, United Forecast Profitability as Travel Demand Surges

American, United Forecast Profitability as Travel Demand Surges

Three of the country’s largest air carriers – American Airlines, United Airlines, and Alaska Airlines – announced financial results for the first quarter of 2022 on Thursday.
American, the world’s largest airline, said that March was the first month since the start of the coronavirus pandemic that its revenue surpassed 2019 levels, and told investors it plans to fly as much as 94% of its 2019 second-quarter schedule.
The Fort Worth-based carrier …

U.S. to Extend Federal Mask Mandate for Planes and Trains

U.S. to Extend Federal Mask Mandate for Planes and Trains

 
The United States will once again extend its mask mandate for all forms of public transportation including airplanes, trains, buses, light rail, subways, and streetcars as well as for airports and rail terminals, a Biden administration official said.
The order has been in place since February 2021 and has been extended multiple times.   It requires “persons to wear masks over the mouth and nose when traveling on any conveyance (e.g., airplanes, …

2 Airline Passengers Accused of Biting and Spitting Face Record Fines, Says FAA

2 Airline Passengers Accused of Biting and Spitting Face Record Fines, Says FAA

Two travelers accused of assaulting cabin crew members on two separate flights last year face record high fines, the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday.
One passenger, a woman who was not publicly identified, faces an $81,950 civil fine after she threatened a flight attendant, on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Charlotte, who had offered assistance after a fall.  She then tried to open a cabin door, hit, head butted, …

Storms Cause Thousands of Delays and Cancellations on the East Coast

Storms Cause Thousands of Delays and Cancellations on the East Coast

A series of major storms in the Northeast and in Florida on Thursday caused thousands of flight delays and cancellations that had a domino effect across the entire country.
Over 8,000 flights within, flying into, or departing the United States were delayed, including 1,400 on Southwest Airlines, 956 on American Airlines, 944 on Delta Air Lines, 736 on United Airlines, and 586 on JetBlue Airways, according to data from FlightAware, a …

JetBlue Makes $3.6 Billion All-Cash Offer for Spirit Airlines, Raising the Stakes in Spirit’s Merger with Frontier

JetBlue Makes $3.6 Billion All-Cash Offer for Spirit Airlines, Raising the Stakes in Spirit’s Merger with Frontier

JetBlue Airways announced plans to acquire low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines in an all-cash transaction for $3.6 billion.
On Monday, Spirit said that it had received what it termed an “unsolicited proposal” from the New York-headquartered carrier to purchase all outstanding shares of Spirit’s stock for $33 per share.
The move comes less than two months after Spirit announced plans to merge with Frontier, another low-cost airline, in a deal that the two …

Airlines Cancel, Delay Over 11,000 Weekend Flights Amidst Spring Break Travel

Airlines Cancel, Delay Over 11,000 Weekend Flights Amidst Spring Break Travel

Pilot walkouts, computer crashes, severe weather.  It was a good weekend to stay home as U.S. airlines canceled or delayed over 15,000 flights during a time when many people were traveling for spring break.
A combination of all three resulted in 6,041 delays on flights within, departing from, or arriving in the United States on Saturday as well as 1,933 cancelations.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, airlines had delayed or canceled 7,457 additional flights, …