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United Delays Return to JFK

United Delays Return to JFK

United Airlines, which had planned to return to John F. Kennedy International Airport after a five-year absence, said it was delaying that move by four weeks.
In November, the Chicago-based airline said it will return to the airport on February 1, 2021. The new date is February 28.
The airline cited the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in travel as the reason for the delay.
Starting on February 1, the Chicago-based carrier will operate four …

Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 10: Members of Congress Exposed to Virus During Riot, World Hits 90 Million Mark

Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 10: Members of Congress Exposed to Virus During Riot, World Hits 90 Million Mark

As the world crossed the 90 million mark in coronavirus cases, the United States set a new record for daily deaths from the virus, with 4,111 reported Sunday, for a second day in a row.
The total number of deaths from the virus on a global basis is almost two million.  It is over 380,000 in the United States.
A genetic study by researchers at Oxford University found that the new strain …

Alaska to Launch New Transcon Service Linking San Diego to New York, Newark, and Boston

Alaska to Launch New Transcon Service Linking San Diego to New York, Newark, and Boston

Alaska Airlines announced it will plans for three new transcon routes come spring as well as new service to Austin.
The Seattle-based carrier will launch daily non-stop service between San Diego and New York City on April 4, 2021, as well as twice daily non-stop service between Los Angles and Austin on March 18.
The Los Angeles-Austin route will increase to thrice-daily operations starting May 20.
Later in the spring, Alaska will introduce …

Coronavirus News – Jan. 6: In England, 1 in 50 Has Been Infected, Germany Extends Lockdown

Coronavirus News – Jan. 6: In England, 1 in 50 Has Been Infected, Germany Extends Lockdown

The world surpassed the 86 million mark for coronavirus infections, as the United States crossed 21 million. Over 1.8 million people have died from the virus as of Wednesday.
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German Bundeskanzler Angela Merkel announced the country’s national lockdown will be extended until at least the end of January.
Health officials in England said that one in 50 people there has had the coronavirus.
The positivity rate in …

Highly Contagious Coronavirus Strain Reported in New York State

Highly Contagious Coronavirus Strain Reported in New York State

Health officials in New York State said that the highly transmissible form of the coronavirus known as Covid-19 B.1.1.7 and first detected in the United Kingdom has now reached the Empire State.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said that they had detected a case of the mutated version of the virus in a man from Saratoga County, which is in the eastern part of Upstate New York.
The man, whose identity was not disclosed, …

Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 4: U.S. Records 21 Millionth Case, Larry King is Hospitalized

Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 4: U.S. Records 21 Millionth Case, Larry King is Hospitalized

The start of the New Year continues to look much like the prior year. Cases have skyrocketed since Thanksgiving and Christmas, and a post-New Year’s Day surge is expected within a week.
The United States recorded its 21 millionth case since the start of the pandemic, while New York State surpassed the one million mark.  Globally, there are almost 86 million coronavirus cases and a death toll of over 1.8 million.
Officials …

New York City Completes Apple Pay, OMNY Rollout on Buses and Trains

New York City Completes Apple Pay, OMNY Rollout on Buses and Trains

Apple Pay and Google Pay users can now use their devices on the world’s largest rapid transit system in the world.  The Metropolitan Transit Authority announced the completion of its systemwide rollout of OMNY, its contactless fare payment system, in New York City.
“It’s OMNY time,” said Al Putre, who heads the MTA’s fare payment programs unit, after the final subway station to be equipped with OMNY readers went online.  The …