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Coronavirus News Update – June 17: Five Weeks Ahead of Olympics, Tokyo Eases State of Emergency

Coronavirus News Update – June 17: Five Weeks Ahead of Olympics, Tokyo Eases State of Emergency

Just five weeks ahead of the start of the 2021 Summer Olympic Games, Tokyo will ease its state of emergency as the latest coronavirus outbreak there recedes. The news was announced by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who said that new infections had declined sufficiently over the past month as to ease the strain on hospitals.
As of Thursday morning, the world has recorded over 177.9 million Covid-19 cases and has seen …

United Airlines to Restart Non-Stop Service Linking Manchester, N.H. and D.C.

United Airlines to Restart Non-Stop Service Linking Manchester, N.H. and D.C.

United Airlines said Thursday that it will resume its non-stop service from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport to Washington Dulles International Airport.
The flights had been paused amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in travel.
The date for the flights to resume is June 3 and the airline will operate two flights a day and add a third flight at some point in July.
“As travel continues to return this summer, we are excited to resume …

United to Boost July Schedule as Travel Returns

United to Boost July Schedule as Travel Returns

United Airlines said it plans to operate 80% of its U.S. schedule in July as compared to the same month in 2019.  Compared to June 2021, it will increase its domestic network by 17%.
The Chicago-based carrier is resuming discontinued flights and adding new routes.
The plans for July call for new routes to Bozeman, Montana; Orange County, California; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Yellowstone/Cody, Wyoming.  In addition, the carrier will adjust its …

Bird Strike Forces Washington-Bound Delta Flight to Turn Around

Bird Strike Forces Washington-Bound Delta Flight to Turn Around

A Delta Air Lines fight bound for Washington, D.C. from Atlanta Sunday night was forced to turn around shortly after takeoff after striking a flock of birds.
The aircraft returned to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport “after coming in contact with birds during takeoff,” the airline said.
Delta Flight 2281 had departed Atlanta for the nation’s capital at 9:49 p.m.  After encountering the bird strike, it returned to Hartsfield-Jackson at 10:36 p.m., after …

American Airlines Moves to New Concourse for Regional Flights at Reagan National Airport

American Airlines Moves to New Concourse for Regional Flights at Reagan National Airport

American Airlines announced it has moved regional flight operations from the notorious Gate 35X to a new 14-gate complex at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Effective immediately, the airline now operates regional flights from Gates 46 to 59.
“The dreaded Gate 35X is no more,” said Robert Isom, the airline’s president, adding that the new concourse will allow the airline to deliver a “convenient, accessible, world-class product befitting the gateway to our …

Coronavirus News Update – April 9: CDC Says Risk of Covid Infection from Surfaces is Very Low

Coronavirus News Update – April 9: CDC Says Risk of Covid Infection from Surfaces is Very Low

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released findings that held that, contrary to initial beliefs, the chances of catching the coronavirus from surface areas is extremely low; less than 1 in 10,000, in fact. This is good news for everyone who has been wiping down their groceries and doorknobs for the past 12 or more months. “People can be affected with the virus that causes Covid-19 through contact with …

With $80 Billion, Amtrak Wants to Be a Better Alternative to Flying and Driving

 
Amtrak, which is receiving $80 billion as part of President Joseph Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure package, released a 14-year plan detailing how it plans to modernize rail service in the United States, and it’s clear that the railroad wants travelers to consider it when planning short flights as well as long drives.
The plan calls for dozens of new routes as well as for the modernization of existing routes, many of …