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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)

EasyJet, American Airlines to slash workforce amid pandemic

May. 28, 2020 9:24 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — European budget carrier easyJet and American Airlines both plan to cut large parts of their workforces as the global aviation industry struggles to cope with a near total halt to travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Easyjet said Thursday that it will cut up to a third of its 15,000 employees....

Former New Mexico air base becomes home for grounded planes

May. 28, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The downturn in the commercial air travel industry has turned into a boon for a former military base in New Mexico. The Roswell International Air Center has emerged as a major storage facility for planes that have been grounded by airlines due to age and lack of demand. The air center...

FILE - In this April 23, 2020 file photo a Frontier Airlines jetliner taxis to a runway for take off from Denver International Airport in Denver. There are thousands of airline customers who have canceled bookings because of the coronavirus epidemic and haven't gotten their money back. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and four other Senate Democrats proposed legislation on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 that would require airlines to give full cash refunds to passengers during the pandemic, even if it was the customer who canceled. Frontier has offered only a travel credit instead of a full refund. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Consumers, lawmakers rip airlines for withholding refunds

May. 13, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

When her Las Vegas hotel shut down and returned her money, and both Nevada and her home state of Ohio issued stay-home orders, Helen Moon canceled the flight that she and her husband had booked on Frontier Airlines and asked for a cash refund. No dice. Frontier offered only a travel credit instead of the refund...

In this Friday, May 8, 2020 photo, people look out at the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, at sunset in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai built a city on the promise of globalization, creating itself as a vital hub for the free movement of trade, people and money worldwide. Now, with events cancelled, flights grounded and investment halted, this sheikhdom in the UAE faces both the threat of the coronavirus and a growing economic crisis. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

Built for a global economy, Dubai now threatened by virus

May. 13, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai built a city of skyscrapers and artificial archipelagos on the promise of globalization, creating itself as a vital hub for the free movement of trade, people and money worldwide — all things that have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Now, with...

FILE - In this Monday, March 30, 2020 file photo, a black crow flies over in the deserted Louvre museum courtyard in Paris. The European Union unveiled Wednesday May 13, 2020, its plan to help confinement-tortured citizens across the 27 nations salvage their summer vacations after months of coronavirus lockdown and resurrect Europe’s badly battered tourism industry. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

EU unveils plans to save vacations and avoid a lost summer

May. 13, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union unveiled Wednesday its plan to help citizens across the 27 nations salvage their summer vacations after months of tough coronavirus confinement and to hopefully resurrect Europe’s badly battered tourism industry. Around 150,000 people have died across Europe and...

FILE - In this April 7, 2020, file photo, U.S. Air Force KC-46 tankers being built by Boeing sit parked at the Paine Field airport in Everett, Wash. Boeing failed to sell a single commercial airplane but saw orders for 108 planes canceled in April as a sharp drop in air travel erased any demand among airlines for new jetliners. It marked the second month this year in which Boeing received no orders, a fate that would have seemed impossible not long ago.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Boeing goes another month without a single airliner order

May. 12, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

Boeing failed to sell a single commercial airplane but saw orders for 108 planes canceled in April as a sharp drop in air travel erased any demand among airlines for new jetliners. It marked the second month this year in which Boeing received no orders, a fate that would have seemed impossible not long ago....

In this  May 5, 2020, photo, Ali Capper inspects the blossom on her apple trees at Stocks Farm in Suckley, Worcestershire. Britain’s fruit and vegetable farmers have long worried that the exit from the European Union would keep out the tens of thousands of Eastern European workers who come every year to pick the country’s produce. Now, the coronavirus pandemic has brought that feared future to the present. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

'Foretaste' of Brexit: Virus cuts off much of UK farm labor

May. 12, 2020 8:16 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's fruit and vegetable farmers have long dreaded their country's exit from the European Union, worrying that it would keep out the tens of thousands of Eastern European workers who come every year to pick produce. Now, the coronavirus pandemic has brought that feared future to the...

Avianca airline seeks Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

May. 10, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — One of Latin America's largest airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sunday in New York, saying the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated its business. Avianca Holdings said in a statement that the move is aimed at continuing operations and preserving jobs when it is able...

FILE - In this March 22, 2017, file photo, an Emirates plane taxis to a gate at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Middle East's biggest carrier, Emirates, declared on Sunday, May 10, 2020, higher profits of $288 million over the past year even as revenue declined due to flight suspensions sparked by the coronavirus, offering a glimpse of the financial toll now facing airlines around the world. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck, File)

Profits up for Emirates Air, but revenue down amid pandemic

May. 10, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East's biggest carrier, Emirates, announced on Sunday profits of $288 million over the past year even as revenue declined due to flight suspensions sparked by the coronavirus, offering a glimpse of the financial toll now facing airlines around the world. The...

FILE - In this Monday, April 27, 2020, file photo, provided by Vince Warburton, passengers get off an American Airlines flight after they landed at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. Social media has been bursting with photos of crowded planes amid the pandemic. That raises the question of how it's even possible when air travel is down more than 90% from a year ago. In some cases, airlines are creating the crowds by canceling other flights and packing passengers onto fewer planes. (Vince Warburton via AP)

Why are some planes crowded even with air travel down?

May. 6, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

Every once in a while, social media lights up with photos or video from flights that are nearly full, with passengers clearly violating advice from public health officials about social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. That raises the question: How can planes still be full when air travel is down more...