Coronavirus

Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed for the 4th of July Observance

Today is the Third of July, not the Fourth, but because Independence Day in the United States falls on a Saturday, the holiday is being observed on a Friday in terms of what is open for business. This year the observance of the holiday will differ from past years due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Independence Day a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence after the Continental …

JFK Opens Coronavirus Testing Center

JFK Opens Coronavirus Testing Center

John F. Kennedy Airport opened a Covid-19 testing location, the first in any U.S. airport. The testing center, branded XpresCheck, is in Terminal 4, the International  Air Terminal, in partnership with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and XpresSpa.
The testing center is open to all JFK employees, airline employees, and airline workers. It can screen up to 500 employees per day.  It has nine private testing rooms and can …

El Al Cancels All Flights Until Further Notice

El Al Cancels All Flights Until Further Notice

El Al Israel Airlines announced the suspension of all flights effective Wednesday after its pilots union said that its members would refuse to operate flights amidst the airline’s current financial crisis.   The carrier also ordered all aircraft to return to base as uncertainty rose as to its ability to continue to exist as an airline.
“At this stage, there are considerable doubts regarding the continued existence of the Company as an …

New York City Postpones Move to Indoor Dining at Restaurants as Cases Climb in Other States

New York City Postpones Move to Indoor Dining at Restaurants as Cases Climb in Other States

New Yorkers won’t be dining in restaurants any time soon.  On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo postponed the reopening of the city’s dining rooms.  Outdoor dining will continue to be allowed, alarmed by the dramatic increase in cases in states that reopened and allowed indoor dining.
Indoor dining is being postponed “until the facts change and it is safe and prudent” to do so, the governor said.  He added that the postponement …

Coronavirus Facts and Figures: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 – New Cases Could Double to 100,000, Fauci Warns

Coronavirus Facts and Figures: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 – New Cases Could Double to 100,000, Fauci Warns

The number of coronavirus cases across the globe now stands at 10.64 million, an increase of over 172,264 people in the past 24 hours.  Out of this, 5.84 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that aggregates and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 515,413.
The number of daily deaths was 5,072 on Tuesday.
The number of active cases continues to increase dramatically.  As of Wednesday, …

United Airlines to Increase Domestic Flying in August by 48%

United Airlines to Increase Domestic Flying in August by 48%

United Airlines said it plans to operate 48% of its August domestic schedule compared to the same period in 2019, versus 30% in July.
The August 2020 schedule will be triple that of June.
All U.S. airlines severely curtained the number of flights they operated amidst the coronavirus pandemic, in some cases operating as little as 5% of their normal schedules.
The Chicago-based airline said it will add 600 daily non-stops and focus …

Air Canada to Close 8 Outstations, Discontinue 30 Domestic Routes

Air Canada to Close 8 Outstations, Discontinue 30 Domestic Routes

Air Canada said it would close eight outstations and end 30 domestic routes amidst the continuing downturn in travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The outstations are located in Bathurst, New Brunswick; Baie Comeau, Quebec; Gasper, Quebec; Kingston, Ontario; Mont Joli, Quebec; North Bay, Ontario; Wabush, Newfoundland and Labrador; and Val d’Or, Quebec.
The airline is discontinuing 14 routes in Eastern Canada in the Maritime provinces and Newfoundland and Labrador including Saint …