Alaska Air’s Revenue Trends Improve, Q4 Capacity to Fall 40%

Alaska Air Group Inc ALK provided an update on its recent operational trends and expectations as the company deals with coronavirus-induced weakness in air-travel demand.

In an investor update, the company revealed that revenue passengers declined 74%, 71% and 68% year over year in July, August and September, respectively. Capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), was down 63%, 51% and 50% in July, August and September respectively, while load

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UK’s new travel testing plan will boost flying, minister says

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s transport minister said on Wednesday that his coronavirus testing plans would get more people flying in the months ahead, sounding an optimistic note at a time when travel companies are struggling to survive.

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps in London, Britain, September 30, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

A 14-day quarantine for arrivals from most countries could be replaced by an as-yet unspecified shorter isolation

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Air travel sees uptick in passenger traffic

Air travel has taken a huge hit during the pandemic but this past weekend, there was a notable uptick in passenger traffic.According to the TSA, on Sunday, it screened 984,234 passengers, the most for any day since March 16. That was still down 61% year over year, but the surge in demand for Columbus Day weekend, typically a minor travel holiday, was noteworthy.Travel expert Troy Petenbrink thinks there are several … Read More

Airlines Pitch Frequent-Flier Mile Deals to Travelers Wary of Covid

Besides wearing a mask on an airplane, there’s one other thing you should definitely do if you are traveling this fall or over the holidays: Use your miles.

A survey of pandemic award prices finds airlines are making award seats available at very cheap prices in miles or points. First-class seats, which give you a bit more social distance on board, are a particularly good value.

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Big Island News and Information

Gov. David Ige. Courtesy photo.

All counties will participate in Hawai‘i’s pre-travel coronavirus testing program following negotiations between Gov. David Ige and the mayors of the state’s various counties.

Hawai‘i County will implement the strictest policy, requiring an antigen test for all arriving trans-Pacific travelers. This will be a second test following the mandatory test required at least 72 hours before any travel to Hawai‘i from the mainland. These tests

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Air travel records low COVID-19 infections with 44 total cases | The Guardian Nigeria News

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has demonstrated the low incidence of in-flight COVID-19 transmission with an updated tally of published cases.

Since the start of 2020, there have been 44 cases of COVID-19 reported in which transmission is thought to have been associated with a flight, inclusive of confirmed, probable and potential cases. Over the same period some 1.2 billion passengers have travelled.

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Southwest Airlines to add service from O’Hare Airport in 2021

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Southwest Airlines is launching new flights out west from CLT soon

Southwest Airlines announced plans to bring two new nonstop routes to Charlotte Douglas International Airport starting in November.

The move came less than a week after American Airlines confirmed it would resume its first nonstop flight to Europe since the coronavirus pandemic brought route cancellations to North Carolina.

Southwest will begin operating daily flights from CLT to Denver beginning Nov. 4, and will begin offering a seasonal flight from Charlotte

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Air travel rebounding as more passengers return to BNA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — As Nashville continues to rebound from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are traveling through Nashville International Airport.

Officials at BNA said numbers are still fluctuating, but Sunday was the busiest day since March. 14,524 passengers departed from the airport.

Overall, officials said numbers are still down from 2019, when an average of 25,000 passengers visited the airport each day. However, numbers have increased

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Qatar extends mandatory travel quarantine through Dec. 31

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Quarantine requirements for travelers to Qatar will continue through the end of the year, a local news outlet reported on Tuesday.  

“For all arrivals — including nationals, residents and visa holders — quarantine requirements are now extended for all arrival dates up to 31 December 2020,” reported The Peninsula daily newspaper, citing the government’s Discover Qatar website, which is used to make quarantine hotel bookings. 

Under the 

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Southwest Airlines Collaborating with Stanford University School of Medicine for Guidance Regarding the Southwest Promise

As part of the collaboration, Southwest will have access to an advisory council comprised of Stanford Medicine’s physician-scientists with knowledge and expertise in infectious diseases, prevention and testing protocols, and the latest medical research about COVID-19. This advisory council will provide insights to support Southwest’s commitment to keeping Safety as an uncompromising priority.

“We look forward to working with Stanford Medicine as we continue utilizing a science-based approach to develop

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Southwest Airlines to expand in Houston and Chicago in 2021

Southwest Airlines said Monday it will expand in Houston and Chicago by starting flights to those cities’ largest airports, stepping up its head-to-head competition against bigger airlines.

Southwest already serves smaller airports in both cities — Hobby in Houston and Midway in Chicago. The airline said it expects to return to Houston George Bush Intercontinental, where United is the dominant carrier, and launch service at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, where

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Airlines Offering ‘Flights To Nowhere’ Amid COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

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How are people who love travel coping during a pandemic that has left a lot of us stuck at home, a lot of borders closed. Right? Well, they are coping not well. Some airlines in Asia are trying to offer a solution – flights to nowhere. Seriously, these flights start and end at the exact same airport. A skeptical

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I just braved 3 packed pandemic flights. Here’s everything you need to know.

The things you do for love.

Earlier this week, I braved the skies mid-pandemic — three packed airplanes, two different airlines and a one-hour layover in Orlando — to visit my far-flung girlfriend, who is finishing her degree in Louisiana (long distance ain’t easy, folks!).

While well aware of what the CDC says about crowded flights and subsequent COVID-19 risks, I also knew I was one of far fewer travelers

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Air Canada agrees to still take over Air Transat, but for much lower price

a large passenger jet flying through a blue sky: Air Canada will go ahead with its plan to buy up rival Air Transat, despite the drastic reduction in demand for air travel right now.

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Air Canada will go ahead with its plan to buy up rival Air Transat, despite the drastic reduction in demand for air travel right now.

Air Canada says it will go ahead with its plan to buy smaller rival Air Transat, but it will pay more than 70 per cent less than it first agreed to.

The two companies said in a release over

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Flights between London and New York ‘could restart by Christmas’

In a normal year, 5 million tourists visit the USA from the UK and 4.5 million go the other way. Travel between the two countries has been all but impossible since March. But now the British and American governments are said to be in talks to introduce a ‘transatlantic air bridge’ connecting London and New York – meaning that your dream city break (or that all-important family reunion) could be

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Silver Airways to resume flights from Charleston to 3 Florida cities; 1-way fares from $49 | Business

NORTH CHARLESTON — A Florida-based airline waylaid in its return to Charleston by the coronavirus has set a new date for touching down in the Lowcountry again.

Silver Airways of Fort Lauderdale will resume flights Nov. 23 eight times a week to Orlando, Tampa and its home base.

The carrier will fly to Orlando and Tampa three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and will travel to Fort

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Canadians Support COVID-19 Travel Quarantine Change: Poll

A majority of Canadians support reducing the current 14-day quarantine period for international travelers entering Canada, according to a new poll.

Conducted by EKOS Research and commissioned by Unifor Local 7378 and CUPE Local 4055 — two unions representing approximately 1,500 airline workers — the poll is part of a campaign to encourage the federal government to reduce or eliminate border quarantine requirements prior to the Christmas travel season. The

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Covid-19 Cases Are Back To July Levels, And Rising Fast

Here we go again. Seven months into the coronavirus pandemic, Covid-19 numbers are going in the wrong direction in 29 of 50 states.

Despite President Trump saying repeatedly that Covid-19 is “going away,” the data shows that the virus is not going anywhere.

The U.S. is seeing widespread increases in Covid-19 cases at

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A New Global Mobility Hierarchy Emerges as International Travel Resumes

At the beginning of the year, for instance, the US passport was ranked in 6th position on the Henley Passport Index — the original ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa ­— and Americans could travel hassle-free to 185 destinations around the world. Since then, that number has dropped dramatically by over 100, with US passport

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