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FILE - In this March 6, 2020, file photo, Cathay Pacific Airways aircrafts line up on the tarmac at the Hong Kong International Airport. Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, said it would cut 8,500 jobs and shut down its regional airline unit in a corporate restructuring, as it grapples with the plunge in air travel due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Cathay Pacific cuts 8,500 jobs, shutters regional airline

Oct. 20, 2020 10:03 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways said Wednesday it would cut 8,500 jobs and shut a regional airline as it grapples with the plunge in air travel due to the pandemic. About 5,300 employees based in Hong Kong and another 600 elsewhere will likely lose their jobs, and 2,600 unfilled...

FILE - In this June 10, 2020 file photo, Transportation Security Administration agents process passengers at the south security checkpoint at Denver International Airport in Denver, as travelers deal with the effects of the new coronavirus. TSA, the government agency that oversees air travel, said the number of passengers screened for flights topped one million in a day on Sunday, Oct. 18 for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic outbreak last March.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Pandemic air travel milestone; 1 million passengers screened

Oct. 19, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The number of passengers screened in a single day for flights in the U.S. topped one million for the first time since COVID-19 infections began to spike last March. The notable milestone, reached Sunday, signifies both the progress made since the darkest days of pandemic for the...

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 24, 2020 file photo, a woman wears a mask as she walks through a quieter than usual Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, in London. Air traffic is down 92% this year as travelers worry about catching COVID-19 and government travel bans and quarantine rules make planning difficult. One thing airlines believe could help is to have rapid virus tests of all passengers before departure. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Hard hit by virus, airlines push for tests over quarantines

Oct. 18, 2020 8:16 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — What will it take to get people flying again? International air traffic is down 92% this year as travelers worry about catching COVID-19 and government travel bans and quarantine rules make planning difficult. One thing airlines believe could help is to have rapid virus tests of...

Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, during a hearing on U.S. policy in a changing Middle East. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

US deported Venezuelans through third country despite risks

Oct. 16, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — The Trump administration stealthily deported an unknown number of Venezuelans through a third country, possibly violating U.S. laws and undermining U.S. warnings about the socialist government’s human rights record, according to the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign...

A man stands near an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Asian shares were mixed on Friday as investors weighed concerns about the U.S. presidential election and an economic stimulus package, on top of fears of flaring outbreaks of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asian shares mixed amid 2nd wave coronavirus, election fears

Oct. 15, 2020 11:33 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed on Friday as investors weighed concerns about the U.S. presidential election and an economic stimulus package, on top of fears of flaring outbreaks of coronavirus. Investors are also looking ahead to the release of data on the Chinese economy next week. Shares rose in...

In this Oct. 8, 2020, photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., walk in a hanger before leaving Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, in Phoenix. Biden’s presidential campaign says Harris will suspend in-person events until Oct. 19, after two people associated with the campaign tested positive for coronavirus. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Biden campaign flips COVID-19 threat into new Trump contrast

Oct. 15, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Confronted with its first known coronavirus scare, Joe Biden’s presidential campaign turned the threat into another contrast with President Donald Trump in the closing weeks of a general election battle dominated by how the Republican incumbent has handled the pandemic and...

Gov. Roy Cooper listens as Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, answers a question during a briefing during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

The Latest: NCarolina virus numbers head in wrong direction

Oct. 15, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s top public health official is warning that the state’s coronavirus numbers are heading in the wrong direction as the Democratic governor considers whether to tighten restrictions or reopen more of the economy. The governor’s decision, which is expected...

Women wearing face mask to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus pass by flowers at a park in Goyang, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. South Korea reported on Thursday more than 100 new cases of the coronavirus, half of them linked to a hospital in Busan. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asia Today: SKorea reports 110 cases, half in Busan hospital

Oct. 15, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 110 new cases of the coronavirus, half of them linked to a hospital in Busan. The numbers released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Thursday brought the national caseload to 24,988, including 439 deaths. At least 54 infections were...

People walk down the steps of the main entrance of Waterloo train station, at which point they are allowed to remove their face coverings, in London, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he expects the government will move the UK capital to a higher level of COVID-19 restrictions later Thursday. The move comes as infection rates in the capital are rising.  Khan says the city will soon reach an average of 100 cases per 100,000, a level some boroughs have already surpassed. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Ryanair blames European 'mismanagement' for winter cuts

Oct. 15, 2020 10:08 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Ryanair became the latest European airline to announce big reductions in its winter schedule after coronavirus-related travel restrictions were reimposed across the continent. Casting the blame on European governments for “mishandling” air travel during the pandemic, the...

Empty ticketing counters are seen in Terminal 1 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. United Airlines, which furloughed 13,000 employees this month, is expected to report a large third-quarter loss as the coronavirus pandemic continues to batter air travel. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

United loses $1.8 billion, aims to shift focus to recovery

Oct. 14, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

United Airlines financial hole grew deeper over the summer as a modest recovery in air travel slowed down, pushing the carrier to a loss of $1.84 billion in the typically strong third quarter. The airline said Wednesday that revenue plummeted 78% from a year earlier. The loss was worse than analysts had expected....