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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 …

Virgin Atlantic to Temporarily Suspend All Flights

Virgin Atlantic to Temporarily Suspend All Flights

After cutting back to just three routes last month amidst plummeting demand, Virgin Atlantic Airways announced it plans to suspend all passenger flights for a minimum of one week later this month.
Virgin “has made the decision to move most of its current scheduled services to cargo-only services from 20 April until 26 April,” it said in a statement to FBT.
The British carrier will continue to operate its three routes – …

American Airlines Plans to Restart Some International Flights on June 4

American Airlines Plans to Restart Some International Flights on June 4

Showing a bit of cautious optimism, American Airlines announced plans to resume some of its temporarily suspended international flights in a phased-in manner starting June 4, 2020, but it also said it expects to cut approximately 60% of its international summer schedule compared to what it operated in 2019.
The world’s largest airline expects to resume a number of flights it has temporarily suspended starting on June 4, 2020 including many …

London City Airport Closes as Coronavirus Continues to Wreaks Havoc on Travel Industry

London City Airport Closes as Coronavirus Continues to Wreaks Havoc on Travel Industry

London City Airport, the 12th busiest in Britain, suspended all operations Wednesday night as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to cause a dramatic decline in demand for flights.
The shutdown of the airport, which served 5.1 million passengers last year, is expected to last through at least April.  The airport will continue to pay its employees during the shutdown.
“At this point in this fast-moving and unprecedented situation, we think this is …

U.K. Prime Minister: ‘You Must Stay at Home’

U.K. Prime Minister: ‘You Must Stay at Home’

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson late Monday addressed the nation and announced the most stringent restrictions on life in Britain since the Second World War.
“From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home,” the prime minister said. “Because the critical thing we must do is stop the disease spreading between households.”
The restrictions call for shops, gyms, libraries, synagogues, and churches …

United to Slash Its International Schedule by 95%

United to Slash Its International Schedule by 95%

United Airlines announced late Friday an additional “draw down” of its international services.
The storied airline will soon no longer operate any flights to London, Tokyo, Canada, or any of the other places which one might associate “the flying skies” with.
The Chicago-based airline announced it will suspend all transborder flights to and from Canada on April 1, 2020.
In addition, it will end all transatlantic service on March 28, when the last …

Coronavirus Update: Prince Albert II Tests Positive, London Curtails Tube Service, U.S. to Make $1,000 Economic Stimulus Payments

Coronavirus Update: Prince Albert II Tests Positive, London Curtails Tube Service, U.S. to Make $1,000 Economic Stimulus Payments

IN BRIEF
Spring is in the air – and unfortunately so is the novel coronavirus.  Spring will arrive at 11:50 p.m. EDT today.  In the United States, lawmakers passed a $1 trillion relief package that would make payments of $1,000 to adults and $500 to children. Meanwhile, China reported zero new cases and researchers in Wuhan found that the death rate there from the novel coronavirus was lower than originally thought.  …