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When Will It Be Safe to Sit in a Theater Without a Mask?

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease specialist, said that will be “well into 2021” before life in the United States begins to resemble life prior to the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
“If you’re talking about getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to Covid, it’s going to be well into 2021, maybe even towards the end of 2021,” Fauci said Friday in an …

Delta to Resume Service to 11 Key Transatlantic Destinations This Fall

Delta to Resume Service to 11 Key Transatlantic Destinations This Fall

Delta Air Lines announced it will restart non-stop service to 11 transatlantic routes this fall. These routes were suspended as travel plummeted amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
“Following this resumption of service in the fall, Delta expects to maintain a similar schedule across the Atlantic through winter 2021,” the airline said in a statement.
The Atlanta-based airline will resume non-stop service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Accra, Barcelona, Madrid, and …

EasyJet to Close 3 Bases Including London Stansted Airport

EasyJet to Close 3 Bases Including London Stansted Airport

EasyJet said it would close its base at London Stansted Airport as of September 1, 2020. It will also close its bases at London Southend and Newcastle airports at that time.
The move will impact as many as 670 pilots.
Johan Lundgren, the airline’s CEO, blamed the move on “the unprecedented impact of the pandemic and related travel restrictions” and said that Britain’s quarantine measures were further impacting demand.
The decision leaves Luton and …

Virgin Atlantic Files for Bankruptcy

Virgin Atlantic Files for Bankruptcy

Virgin Atlantic Airways filed for bankruptcy as the toll on airline amidst the coronavirus pandemic continued to grow.
The company protection filed from creditors under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, according to a court filing made in the Southern District of New York on Tuesday.
The company is 51% owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and 49% by Delta Air Lines.
Chapter 15 bankruptcyallows a foreign debtor to file for …

American Airlines Moves to Terminal 5 at London Heathrow

American Airlines Moves to Terminal 5 at London Heathrow

American Airlines announced it had moved its London Heathrow operations from where it was temporarily operating in Terminal 2 to Terminal 5, the British Airways’ terminal.
The airlines, which have a joint-venture agreement for transatlantic flights, offered the most flights between JFK and London’s Heathrow Airport of any airline or alliance prior to the start of the pandemic.
Previously, American had operated out of Terminal 3 but airport operator Heathrow Airport Holdings …

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 – …