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United Airlines Sees 97% Drop in Traffic, Will Cut Flying by 90% for May

United Airlines Sees 97% Drop in Traffic, Will Cut Flying by 90% for May

United Airlines’ top executives reported a 97% drop in traffic for the first two weeks of April amidst the novel coronavirus outbreak, compared to the same period in 2019, and warned of the need for a significant reduction in its workforce come October 1.
“Less than 200,000 people flew with us during the first two weeks of April this year, compared to more than 6 million during the same time in …

To Survive, Airlines Start to Take Employee Temperatures, But Passengers and Workers Say More Is Needed

When the world starts returning to whatever its new normal will be, the number of customers returning to restaurants, bars, and airports will certainly lag behind those going to their hair stylists, dentists, and garden shops.
Travel has essentially ground to a halt.  If photos on social media of empty planes wasn’t enough to convince you, the Transportation Security Administration, which operates security checkpoints at most airports in the United States, …

Airline Industry and Trump Administration Come to Terms of $25 Billion Bailout

Airline Industry and Trump Administration Come to Terms of $25 Billion Bailout

Ten U.S. airlines and the Trump administration have reached an agreement in principle over the terms of a $25 billion industry bailout.
The ten – Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, SkyWest Airlines, and Southwest Airlines – will receive funding from the new payroll support program that was part of the $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by Congress in …

United Airlines to Extend Current Premier Elite Status into 2022

United Airlines to Extend Current Premier Elite Status into 2022

United Airlines said Sunday it plans to extend the current elite status of members of its MileagePlus frequent-flyer program through 2022, given the severe decline in travel amidst the current coronavirus pandemic.
The move comes hours after Delta Air Lines announced a similar plan.
This means that a MileagePlus member’s current Premier elite status will be valid through the end of January 2022.
In addition, the airline said it will lower elite qualifying …

United Airlines Temporarily Slashes Flights at New York-Area Airports

United Airlines Temporarily Slashes Flights at New York-Area Airports

United Airlines said late Saturday said it would temporarily cut the number of flights at New York-area airports by almost 90% as the number of flyers continues to plummet.
The new schedules go into effect Sunday.
The news came as U.S. officials announced that the number of novel coronavirus cases in the New York area would likely peak in the coming week. The reduction was announced in a memorandum to employees that …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2020

A year from now, the “Great Moments” monthly feature will presumably include multiple mentions of the various shutdowns and, one can only hope, some of the restarts of the Coronavirus Age.
Still, the month of April is commonly associated with spring and rain, as in the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” The month is also associated with two major religious holidays that result in one of the busiest travel seasons …

Airlines Slash Schedules, Borrow $17 Billion to Stay Afloat

Airlines Slash Schedules, Borrow $17 Billion to Stay Afloat

As the number of people flying continues to plummet and countries close borders, airlines collectively borrowed $17 billion and continued to slash their schedules in order to continue operations, despite the $50 billion in government aid that U.S. airlines will receive from the government out of its $2 trillion economic stimulus package.
On Friday, American Airlines, the world’s largest carrier, said it would cut its capacity in May by 70% to …