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Virus-hammered Air France discussing thousands of job cuts

Jul. 3, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Air France is meeting with personnel representatives Friday to discuss thousands of job cuts after the virus pandemic grounded most flights and darkened prospects for future air travel. Activists from the far-left CGT union protested at Air France headquarters at Paris’ Charles de...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020, file photo, Southwest airlines employee Oscar Gonzalez, right, assists a passenger at the ticket counter at Love Field in Dallas. In a report, Thursday, July 2, 2020, the government is recommending that travelers wear face coverings during air travel and says airlines should consider limiting capacity on planes to promote social distancing. But it stopped short of making new requirements. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

US issues guidelines but no new rules for safe air travel

Jul. 2, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

Federal officials said Thursday that airlines should consider limiting capacity on planes to promote social distancing, but they are not considering making the airlines do it. The officials also recommended — but did not move to require — that travelers wear face coverings in airports and on planes....

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 25, 2020, file photo, American Airlines jets sit idly at their gates as a jet arrives at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. American Airlines and four smaller carriers have reached agreement with the government for billions more in federal loans, a sign of the industry’s desperate fight to survive a downturn in air travel caused by the virus pandemic. The Treasury Department said Thursday, July 2, 2020, that it had finalized terms of new loans to American, Spirit Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and SkyWest Airlines. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

American and 4 other airlines reach loan agreements with US

Jul. 2, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines and four smaller carriers have reached agreement with the government for billions more in federal loans, a sign of the industry’s desperate fight to survive a downturn in air travel caused by the virus pandemic. The Treasury Department said Thursday that it had signed...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, June 2, 2020, a few people relax in the sun backdropped by Tower Bridge spanning the River Thames in London.  Some companies linked to hospitality and travel in Britain Wednesday July 1, 2020, have announced thousands of more job cuts as the longer term consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic take hold, choosing to slim down now for survival rather than await future potential government handouts.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

UK firms slash jobs to cope with outbreak's long term impact

Jul. 1, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Companies linked to hospitality, travel and retail in Britain have announced thousands of more job cuts as the longer term consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic take hold, choosing to slim down for survival rather than await potential government handouts. The owner of sandwich and coffee shop...

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks with Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)

Fauci, CDC chief raise concerns about full airline flights

Jun. 30, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

The government’s top experts in infectious diseases on Tuesday criticized American Airlines' decision to pack flights full while the coronavirus outbreak continues to grow across much of the United States. “Obviously that is something that is of concern. I’m not sure what went into that...

Location in Thurston County eyed for Washington airport

Jun. 30, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

CENTRALIA, Wash. (AP) — A southern Thurston County location is being considered for construction of another large airport in Washington state to meet the increasing need for aviation capacity statewide. The Washington state Commercial Aviation Coordinating Commission conducted a straw poll with its 25...

EasyJet may close 3 UK bases as it slashes staff

Jun. 30, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Budget carrier easyJet may close bases at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle airports in England as it consulted with unions on steps to stay afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Pilot’s union Balpa says that 727 easyJet pilots are at risk of redundancy - which equates to nearly one in...

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How risky is flying during the coronavirus pandemic?

Jun. 30, 2020 3:30 AM EDT

How risky is flying during the coronavirus pandemic? Flying can increase your risk of exposure to infection, but airlines are taking some precautions and you can too. Air travel means spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which puts you into close contact with other people. As travel slowly...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gives a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. The Trump administration increased pressure on Venezuelan Maduro, Thursday, June 18, targeting a lifeline he's used for selling crude oil run by a close associate of the socialist leader who was recently jailed in Cape Verde. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

Venezuela's Maduro orders EU envoy to leave after sanctions

Jun. 29, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Monday ordered the European Union’s ambassador to leave the country, hours after the bloc that's pushing for a democratic transition hit several officials loyal to the socialist leader with sanctions. Maduro's order, given in an...

Virus pandemic spurring rise in RV sales in northern Indiana

Jun. 28, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Dealerships in northern Indiana that sell recreational vehicles are seeing a surge in demand for RVs as people eye summer road trips with their families in place of air travel and cruise ships amid the coronavirus pandemic. Darryl Searer, president of the RV Museum and Hall of Fame,...