Coronavirus

Alaska Airlines to Block All Middle Seats on Flights

Alaska Airlines to Block All Middle Seats on Flights

Alaska Airlines said it would continue to block all middle seats on mainline flights and maintain reduced loads on regional flights through at least October 31, 2020 as the travel industry continues to struggle with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The airline will also require all passengers over the age of two to wear face masks, with no exceptions.  The mask requirement is in effect at ticket counters, gate areas, …

InterContinental Hotels Reports Drop in Revenue After Pandemic Causes ‘Substantial’ Impact

InterContinental Hotels Reports Drop in Revenue After Pandemic Causes ‘Substantial’  Impact

InterContinental Hotels Group announced financial results for the first six months of 2020.
InterContinental Hotels Group reported a year-over-year drop in revenue of 52% in the period, with the hotelier bringing in just $488 million.
“The impact of Covid-19 on our business has been substantial,” said the hotel chain’s CEO, Keith Barr.
Despite the drop, the company recorded an operating profit of $74 million for the period, down from the $410 million recorded …

European Union Drops Morocco from List of Safe Countries

European Union Drops Morocco from List of Safe Countries

The European Union, which began to reopen to visitors from some countries in early July, removed Morocco from the list of safe countries from which travel is allowed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Morocco had recorded a record 6,385 new coronavirus cases over the past week andhas reported a total of 29,644 cases and 449 deaths.
The move brings the number of countries on the list down to ten.  Algeria was removed from …

United Airlines to Add New Flights to Florida

United Airlines to  Add New Flights to Florida

United Airlines said it would begin to offer 28 daily non-stop flights that would connect travelers across the country to four destinations in Florida.
The airline said that it chose the routes by analyzing “where customers most want to fly [to].”
The four destinations in Florida are Fort Lauderdale, Fort Meyers, Orlando, and Tampa.  United will offer a variety of flights to these locales from Boston, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New York, …

Coronavirus News: Thursday, August 13 – N.Y. Teachers Sue Over School Reopenings, Hawaii Closes Beaches

Coronavirus News: Thursday, August 13 – N.Y. Teachers Sue Over School Reopenings, Hawaii Closes Beaches

The worldwide number of virus cases crossed the 20 million mark earlier in the week and now stands currently at 20.8 million.  Over 747,000 people have died thus far and 13.7 million have recovered.
The United States reported 1,470 deaths, the highest single-day death toll in August. The country has averaged over 1,000 deaths per day over the past two weeks.
Teachers and principals in New York City, which is the only …

American Airlines Latest to Ban Face Masks with Valves or Vents

American Airlines Latest to Ban Face Masks with Valves or Vents

American Airlines said it had banned all face masks with valves or vents, following the release of new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that advised against the use of any such masks as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll.
The move comes shortly after other major airlines including United, JetBlue, and Delta took similar action.
“The purpose of masks is to keep respiratory droplets from reaching …

Marriott Posts First Quarterly Loss in Nine Years Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

Marriott Posts First Quarterly Loss in Nine Years Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

Marriott International announced financial results for the second quarter of 2020.
The world’s largest hotel chain reported a net loss of $234 million, compared to net income of $232 in the same period one year prior. The adjusted net loss for the quarter was $210 million, compared to $525 million in Q2 2020.
The quarterly loss was Marriott’s first in nine years.
Travel bans and the need for social distancing during the coronavirus …