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Business travel stirs, but many road warriors stay grounded

Jul. 26, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

Of the 2 million people clogging airport security lines and gate areas again each day, one crowd is still largely missing: business travelers. Their absence is noteworthy because they are a key source of revenue and profit, underpinning a record-breaking stretch of...

US airlines say COVID-19 variants aren't hurting bookings

Jul. 21, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

Rising concern about the fast-spreading delta variant of COVID-19 is creating turbulence for the stocks of big travel companies, but airline executives say they don’t see any slowdown in ticket sales, maybe because a high percentage of their best customers are fully vaccinated. ...

Biden comment hints at boosting travel between US and Europe

Jul. 16, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

A comment by President Joe Biden is encouraging airlines to hope that travel between the United States and Europe could be expanded in time for last-minute, late-summer vacation trips. At a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Biden was asked about ending...

American recalling flight attendants to handle travel crowds

Jul. 15, 2021 20:13 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines is canceling extended leaves for about 3,300 flight attendants and telling them to come back to work in time for the holiday season. And American plans to hire 800 new flight attendants by next March, according to an airline...

With taxpayers' help, Delta posts $652 million profit in 2Q

Jul. 14, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

Delta Air Lines reported its first quarterly profit since the pandemic devastated the airline industry more than a year ago, as hordes of vacation travelers and money from U.S. taxpayers offset weak corporate and international travel. Delta said Wednesday that it earned...

Delta will require new hires to be vaccinated against virus

May. 14, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

Delta Air Lines will require new employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 starting Monday. The airline won’t impose the same requirement on current employees, more than 60% of whom are vaccinated, a Delta spokesman said Friday. Delta has about 74,000 employees. ...