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Airline shutdown creates new challenges for rural Alaska

Jun. 2, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In April, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Atqasuk’s tribal coordinator Millie Frankson received word that the grocery order she was counting on wouldn’t be delivered to her remote arctic village. To get her $535 worth of food, she would have to drive two hours...

A traveler walks in a mostly empty American Airlines terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. From Britain's EasyJet to American and Delta in the U.S., airlines are cutting even more jobs to cope with a crushing drop in air travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Virus leaves the US travel industry struggling to recover

Jun. 2, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

U.S. air travel down almost 90% from a year ago. A ghostly emptiness at Hawaii's tourist hotels. Deserted Las Vegas casinos counting the days to reopening. Few sectors of the economy have endured as much devastation from the coronavirus as the travel business. Surveying the wreckage, economists and company...

A man with a facemask walks past a wall mural in Singapore’s Little India district on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Wearing of facemarks is mandatory for everyone who goes outside their homes to control the spread of the coronavirus in the city state. Singapore has reported more than 27,000 COVID-19 cases, with 90% of the cases linked to foreign workers dormitories, but it has a low fatality rate of 21 deaths. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: US Marines arrive in Australia despite pandemic

Jun. 1, 2020 11:39 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — US Marines arrive in Australia despite pandemic border closures...

Customers sit at a terrace bar in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 31, 2020. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says he will ask Spain's Parliament for a final two-week extension of the nation's state of emergency that has allowed the government to take lockdown measures to control its coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Businesses ramp up operations as nations prep for tourists

Jun. 1, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

BELT-LOOSENING: — Chuy's Holdings, which runs restaurants that make Tex-Mex inspired dishes, has re-opened a majority of its dining rooms. The company said Monday that 87 of its dining rooms were in operation in varying levels of capacity. Five restaurants continue to operate with enhanced off-premise...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015, file photo, JetBlue's incoming CEO Robin Hayes pauses in front of a JetBlue logo inside an Airbus A321 aircraft at JFK airport in New York. Airlines are starting to see a slight rise in bookings, but air travel remains down about 90%, prompting speculation about which carriers might go under. Hayes admits he doesn’t know how quickly air travel will recover from the coronavirus outbreak, and no matter what, his will be a smaller airline. Hayes, however, is confident that all large airlines in the U.S. will survive. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Insider: JetBlue CEO discusses COVID-19's impact on airlines

May. 31, 2020 11:31 PM EDT

Airlines are starting to see a slight rise in bookings, but air travel remains down about 90%, prompting speculation about which carriers might go under. JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes admits he doesn’t know how quickly air travel will recover from the coronavirus outbreak, and no matter what, his will be...

In this Monday, May 25, 2020 photo, a doctor of the National Health Organization (EODY) carries the tests for coronavirus taken on local residents on the Aegean Sea island of Sikinos, Greece. Using dinghies, a GPS, and a portable refrigerator, state doctors have launched a COVID-19 testing drive on islands in the Aegean Sea ahead of the holiday season, authorities in charge of the program said. The first round of testing was completed after trips to the islands of Milos, Kimolos, Folegandros, and Sikinos. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greece clarifies policy, to allow tourists from all nations

May. 30, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek officials said Saturday that the country will not limit arriving airline passengers next month to people coming from 29 countries but that travelers who departed from places that aren't on the initial list will be subject to mandatory testing for the coronavirus upon arrival and...

In this May 25, 2020 photo, an American Airlines jet is seen parked on the tarmac at Colorado's Eagle County Airport in Gypsum, Colo., before departing on a 29-mile flight to Aspen, the shortest commercial jet flight in the country. The U.S. Department of Transportation is allowing American to cancel the route, which it was forced to fly to meet federal rules in a $58 billion coronavirus stimulus package for airlines (Jason Blevins/The Colorado Sun via AP).

Virus created the country's shortest commercial jet flight

May. 30, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

GYPSUM, Colo. (AP) — The rental cars are stacked bumper-to-bumper. Hundreds of them wedged into two parking lots. The rest of the airport lots are deserted. Fewer than two dozen cars are scattered across the sprawling asphalt outside the Eagle County Regional Airport. Inside the recently expanded terminal,...

A passenger waits to check his luggage at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, Serbia, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Serbia's national carrier Air Serbia has resumed commercial flights as the government eased the lockdown against the new coronavirus. Crisis authorities have said the situation in the country has stabilized despite virus clusters in the southern area. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Nations ease more restrictions, air travel opening up more

May. 29, 2020 9:00 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Friday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ BY LAND AND BY SEA: Passenger traffic has resumed at the main...

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41 million jobs lost; homebound gear up to get out, way out

May. 28, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ IMMOBILIZED: Job cuts in the transportation industry have arrived...

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, April 23, 2008, an EasyJet jetliner lands at the Milan Linate airport, Italy. European budget airline eastJet said Thursday May 28, 2020, it plans to cut up to a third of its 15,000-strong workforce as the global aviation industry struggles to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, FILE)

Airlines increase job cuts as pandemic crushes air travel

May. 28, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

Major airlines on both sides of the Atlantic are cutting even more jobs as they struggle to cope with a plunge in air travel that will leave the airline industry much smaller than it was before the coronavirus pandemic and economic collapse. EasyJet said Thursday that it will cut up to one-third of its 15,000...