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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.  …

Theaters in London’s West End, Elsewhere in U.K., Close Temporarily

Theaters in London’s West End, Elsewhere in U.K., Close Temporarily

Theaters in West End will temporarily close effective Monday “until further notice,” as part of a move to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
The move was announced by the Society of London Theatre as well as the UK Theatre Association. All West End theaters and all theaters that are members of the UK Theatre Association will remain closed. A reopening date was not announced. It came after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson encouraged …

Delta Cuts 40% of Capacity as Demand Falls Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Delta Cuts 40% of Capacity as Demand Falls Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Delta Air Lines announced drastic cuts to its flying schedule by up to 40%, citing significantly lower demand due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The news was announced in a memorandum to employees.
“The speed of the demand fall-off is unlike anything we’ve seen – and we’ve seen a lot in our business,” the airline’s CEO, Ed Bastian, wrote.
Earlier, the airline will continue to operate close to its regular schedule  to Europe until …

American Airlines to Slash International Flights, Many Will Restart in May

American Airlines to Slash International Flights, Many Will Restart in May

American Airlines announced said it would continue to operate flights to and from Europe for seven additional days to help travelers return home, and that it was reducing international capacity for its summer schedule by 34% and will reduce transatlantic capacity in April by 50%.
The Fort Worth-based carrier said it anticipates resuming some suspended flights on May 7, 2020.
The airline will continue but reduce service from John F. Kennedy International …