Covid Travel: Airlines and Airports Say EU’s Plan Won’t Revive Flights

A traveler at Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, France.

Photographer: Nathan Laine/Bloomberg

Airlines and airports said European Union moves to help restart flights in the region through a more coordinated approach to coronavirus-related travel curbs are wholly inadequate.

The measures, adopted Tuesday, fail to propose the replacement of quarantine requirements with coronavirus tests and won’t stop states refusing entry from other EU countries, the International Air

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Short-Term Rental Sites Combat Party Houses, Complaints as COVID Shuts Nightclubs

When the coronavirus pandemic shut down bars and concert halls in March, a new phenomenon was born: the vacation-rental nightclub.

Professional party promoters started scanning Airbnb, Vrbo and other short-term rental sites for mansions and luxury condos for hire. Tickets were going for $90 on Eventbrite and TikTok for soirees with bottle service and DJs.

“People were looking to escape from their own homes and came into our tiny neighborhood

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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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Allegiant weathering COVID travel disruptions, CFO says

Though the airline industry has taken a massive hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air believes it is poised to weather the storm as well as any airline.

Allegiant Chief Financial Officer Greg Anderson said the industry won’t see a return to full passenger loads until there is a widely distributed coronavirus vaccine. But he said Allegiant’s business model sets it up to see less impact than the

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Covid World Map: Tracking the Global Outbreak

The coronavirus pandemic has sickened more than 38,135,400 people, according to official counts. As of Wednesday morning, at least 1,085,600 people have died, and the virus has been detected in nearly every country, as these maps show.

Average daily cases per 100,000 people in the past week

Share of population with a reported case

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13-Year-Old Gave COVID to 11 Relatives Across 4 States During Family Vacation: CDC

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Nearly a dozen people across four states were infected with the novel coronavirus by a 13-year-old girl during a three-week family vacation over the summer, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The teenager, whose identity remains anonymous, was exposed to COVID-19 during a “large outbreak” in June, leading her to take a coronavirus test four days later. She tested negative and was

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Marriott, Hyatt or Holiday Inn Express: Comparing hotels’ covid protocols

Until last week, the last time I stayed at a hotel was back in March. Since the pandemic began, I spent months locked down alone in my D.C. apartment, then with family in Upstate New York. I took bike trips and road trips to go camping, but I avoided hotels completely.

In the meantime, hotels, like the rest of the travel industry, were suffering. According to the American Hotel &

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Ask a Points Nerd: Which COVID Travel Changes Will Last?

Mindfulness practice has helped keep me relatively sane throughout the pandemic so far, but no amount of living-in-the-moment can stop me from daydreaming about a time when we can travel freely again. Maybe it will be next spring, or several lifetimes from now, but someday we’ll once again cram into aluminum tubes and soar blissfully through the air together.

Some prognosticated changes to the travel industry have already come to

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Zurich offers enhanced Business Travel Accident insurance in COVID era

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Zurich North America is introducing an enhanced Business Travel Accident Insurance solution that can help employers protect their employees in a world facing increasingly complex risks, underscored by a year of COVID-19, civil unrest and record-setting wildfires.

Zurich’s next-generation business travel accident solution offers customizable coverages that include emergency overseas medical care, medical and security evacuation and repatriation, and travel inconvenience. The solution’s

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Can I go on holiday in Tier 2 or Tier 3? How UK travel rules are affected by the new Covid restrictions

For those planning a holiday in the coming months it has been tough to keep up with local lockdown measures with different guidelines across the country.

And with the Prime Minister implementing a new “three tier” system for tackling growing coronavirus rates across England this week, holidaymakers could find their staycation subject to a host of new rules.

Under the new system, different areas of England will be split up

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To Revive Air Travel, Bring COVID Testing to the Airport

The air travel industry is on the ropes, losing billions each month. Airlines and their employees’ unions are pleading for more federal aid to counter massive layoffs and potential bankruptcies. Air transport is a key driver of both the national and regional economies, and the travel slump has crushed thousands of local businesses.

The No. 1 problem for the airline industry is customer demand. The reluctance to travel often has

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Use These Sites for Real-Time COVID Travel Restrictions

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Let’s first acknowledge that if you don’t have to travel right now, you should definitely stay home. But if you absolutely must travel, it’s important to have up-to-date information about what’s going on with COVID-19 at your planned destination.

This can be confusing, as the pandemic situation and related travel restrictions seem to change almost day to day—but there are tools out there

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Debate cancelled as Trump plans first in-person events since Covid diagnosis – as it happened | US news

Hicks had tested negative last Wednesday, the morning after Trump’s first debate with Joe Biden, but she started feeling unwell at a rally in Duluth, Minn., that night. She quarantined herself on Air Force One on the return trip, discreetly enough that other staffers did not know she was ill. When the plane landed, she exited from the rear entrance.

The next morning, Hicks reported for work at the White

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MP Margaret Ferrier: decision to travel despite Covid due to ‘panic’ | UK news

MP Margaret Ferrier has broken her silence to explain how she “panicked” when she received a positive result for a coronavirus test in her Westminster office after taking part in a Commons debate.

Despite the barrage of criticism that followed the revelations 12 days ago that the suspended SNP MP travelled to London after taking the test, then returned to Scotland by train after receiving a positive result, Ferrier said

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Boris Johnson to ban overnight stays and non-essential travel in Covid hotspots

OVERNIGHT stays will be forbidden in northern virus hotspots for four weeks, Boris Johnson will announce today.

As well as the bed ban, residents can only leave the highest risk regions for essential travel such as work, education or health reasons, and must return that day.

⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates

Boris, pictured this morning, is set to announce his 'tiers for fears' lockdown system


Boris, pictured this morning, is set to announce his ‘tiers for
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Burke: During covid we travel light, by memory to Kazakhstan

By Tom Burke / Herald columnist

Note: My chaos quotient has maxed out, again. So here’s something a bit gentler and far removed from Covid, Trump, right-wing militia plots, or voter suppression. Relax and tag along.

In 2006 we spent three weeks in Koilyk, a rural village along the Silk Road in Kazakhstan in Central Asia. My daughter was serving in the Peace Corps and we traveled halfway ‘round the

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100 top Scots hotels demand Covid rule change in letter to Nicola Sturgeon

One hundred bosses from the biggest and most prestigious hotels in Scotland have written to Nicola Sturgeon demanding changes to controversial new Coronavirus restrictions.

Monday, 12th October 2020, 7:00 am

Glasgow west end bars, pubs and restaurants protest new closure measures
Glasgow west end bars, pubs and restaurants protest new closure measures

Owners and mangers of the Prestonfield in Edinburgh, Glasgow’s One Devonshire Gardens, the Fairmont in St Andrews and Aberdeen’s Marcliffe are among the hospitality chiefs who have signed

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Singapore speeds up travel restart as COVID keeps Malaysia gripped

SINGAPORE/KUALA LUMPUR — Singapore and Malaysia, closely connected neighbors that have both been severely damaged by COVID-19, are eager to jump-start their economies. But just as the former appears to be turning a corner and moves to accelerate its reopening, the latter is scrambling to contain another wave of infections.

Their diverging fortunes highlight the persistent challenge of dealing with this virus and the difficulty of balancing health and economic

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News Updates: Pelosi Rejects White House’s $1.8 Trillion Covid Relief Package

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

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Here’s what you need to know about the impact of Covid-19, Hurricane


and more ahead of the coming trading week.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday rejected the White House’s latest $1.8 trillion coronavirus relief package, saying in a letter to colleagues that a key concern was “the absence of any response on a strategic plan

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COVID hotels for Bay Area homeless residents set to close

The Bay Area is winding down the grand experiment that sheltered thousands of its homeless residents in safe environments during the pandemic, raising fresh concerns about the spread of COVID-19 as officials scramble to find alternative housing.

Gov. Gavin Newsom launched Project Roomkey in April, a first-of-its-kind program that moved unhoused residents into hotels to protect them from the virus. Six months later, with federal funding sources poised to expire,

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