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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 …

Coronavirus Update: Global Markets Tumble, ‘Keep Calm and Carry On,’ Italian Lockdown

Coronavirus Update: Global Markets Tumble, ‘Keep Calm and Carry On,’ Italian Lockdown

TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
The worldwide number of cases of Covid-19 stands at 111,664.  The global death toll from the virus is 3,884. Of the current active cases, which total 45,077, 13% or 5,980 are serious, while the other cases are mild.
Italy, which has effectively quarantined 16 million people, a quarter of its population – now has 7,350 of the world’s cases and more than 360 of at least 3,800 deaths.
The …

Coronavirus Update: Health Officials Struggle to Contain Coronavirus as Death Toll Rises to 3,120

Coronavirus Update: Health Officials Struggle to Contain Coronavirus as Death Toll Rises to 3,120

TUESDAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
The coronavirus is now present on every continent except Antarctica. It has infected at least 91,340 people, and the death toll is at least 3,120.
The United States reported 100 cases in 14 states with six fatalities, three in a nursing home in Seattle.  All six fatalities have been in the Seattle area.
Chinese officials reported 125 new confirmed infections of Covid-19 and an additional 31 deaths.  The figure …

Nobu Hotels to Open Properties in Chicago, London, Riyadh, and Warsaw

Nobu Hotels to Open Properties in Chicago, London, Riyadh, and Warsaw

Nobu Hotels announced plans to open new locations later this year in Chicago,London, Riyadh, and Warsaw.
The 119-key Chicago property will be located in the West Loop neighborhood, an area known for its restaurants and nightlife.  The Warsaw location will be on the Ulica Wilcza, or Wolf Street in English, in the city center.  The Nobu Hotel Riyadh will be a new 23-story tower that the company said will reflect Nobu’s …

British Members of Parliament Call for Reduction in U.K. Air Departure Tax

British Members of Parliament Call for Reduction in U.K. Air Departure Tax

A number of lawmakers in the United Kingdom are calling for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to reduce the country’s air departure tax.
Forty-two members of Parliament, including 27 Tories and three peers, wrote to Mr. Sunak urging him “to take decisive action to cut the APD by at least 50%.”
The Air Departure Duty is calculated using a banding system that is based on the distance from London to the destination country’s capital …

Britain, Battered by Weather Bomb, Sees Floods, Landslides, and Travel Chaos

Britain, Battered by Weather Bomb, Sees Floods, Landslides, and Travel Chaos

Britain was battered by a major storm over the weekend that brought widespread flooding, high winds, and significant damage, as well as widespread travel chaos.
The storm christened Storm Dennis by the U.K. Meteorological Office and classified as a “weather bomb,” was the second strongest non-tropical storm on record in the North Atlantic Ocean.
With winds in excess of hurricane force, the storm brought widespread damage and chaos to parts of England, …