EXPLAINER: Why airlines fear 5G will upend travel this week
The airline industry is raising the stakes in a showdown with AT&T and Verizon over plans to launch new 5G wireless service this week, warning that thousands of flights could be grounded or delayed if the rollout takes place near major airports.
Airlines make changes to pandemic travel vouchers -- What you need to know
DETROIT – If you purchased a plane ticket during the COVID pandemic and exchanged it for a travel voucher there are some changes you need to know about. Airlines are changing deadlines and you might need to book your next flight soon so you don’t lose it. Planning to travel later this year? Airfares remain lowest in years but could rise soonThe travel industry has taken a big financial hit because fewer people are taking trips during the COVID pandemic. If you want to travel this summer or later in the year, booking now may be a good idea.
Airlines, resorts implement new COVID safety precautions, discounts
Some airlines and resorts are doing more than ever to ensure the safety of those who choose to travel. The lower number of travelers during the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed prices at resorts to their lowest point in years. Some airlines, like Delta, are still limiting capacity, requiring mask and using new technology to sanitize the planes. They’re also being flexible should a traveler choose to cancel or re-book a flight. If you choose to travel, you may good a good deal, but you may also not find availability.
Looking to travel this year? Safest airlines for 2021 revealed
DETROIT – For a lot of people, 2021 is going to be the year to get back to traveling. AirlineRatings.com analyzed crash records and safety compliance data of more than 100 airlines to put together a list of the 20 safest airlines for 2021. Other U.S. airlines in the top 20 were Southwest Airlines at no. 15 and United Airlines at no. The safety ratings also took a look at which airlines are handing the pandemic the best and ensuring everything is being done to keep passengers safe.
US to require negative COVID-19 test from UK travelers
The United States will require airline passengers from Britain to get a negative COVID-19 test before their flight, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced late Thursday, Dec. 24. The U.S. is the latest country to announce new travel restrictions because of a new variant of the coronavirus that is spreading in Britain. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)ATLANTA – The United States will require airline passengers from Britain to get a negative COVID-19 test before their flight, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced late Thursday. The agency said because of travel restrictions in place since March, air travel to the U.S. from the U.K. is already down by 90%. Andrew Cuomo said three airlines with flights from London to New York -- British Airways, Delta and Virgin Atlantic -- had agreed to require passengers to take a COVID-19 test before getting on the plane.
Airline furloughs begin as federal pandemic relief expires
U.S. airlines began furloughing more than 32,000 employees on Thursday after a federal prohibition on job cuts expired. American Airlines and United Airlines said that they could reverse the furloughs if Congress and the White House quickly agree to provide billions more in taxpayer help to the embattled airline industry. The White House included $20 billion for airlines in a $1.6 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal, moving closer to House Democrats' $2.2 trillion plan. Airlines and their unions are lobbying for money to keep workers on airline payrolls for six more months, through next March. They received $25 billion, mostly in cash, to pay employees through Sept. 30 in exchange for avoiding layoffs or furloughs.
Keeping an eye on what’s to come with travel fees
Since the beginning of quarantine, a few of the major airlines have removed some of their widely disliked ticket change fees. These fees were incurred when you modified your ticket, and could range anywhere from $200 to $750. If you’re traveling domestic in economy class, you won’t pay a change fee. Elliott says that it’s unlikely for these travel fees to disappear like airlines claim. He says these fees aren’t going away because people keep paying them, so do your best to avoid those unnecessary charges.
Airline CEO: If you insist on not wearing a mask, we’ll insist you not fly with us -- from here on out
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian has put out what some are calling an aggressive enforcement of mask-wearing on the company’s flights. ”If you board the plane and you insist on not wearing your mask, we will insist that you don’t fly Delta into the future,” Bastian told Today in an interview Wednesday. The CEO said the stance is one he’s taking in order to keep crew and passengers safe during the pandemic. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Delta flights have been booked to 60% of their capacity, Today reported after speaking with Bastian. “We’ve had some customers indicate that they have (an) underlying condition that makes wearing a mask dangerous for them,” Bastian said.
US will allow limited flights by Chinese airlines, not a ban
The Trump administration said Friday it will let Chinese airlines operate a limited number of flights to the U.S., backing down from a threat to ban the flights. The decision came one day after China appeared to open the door to U.S. carriers United Airlines and Delta Air Lines resuming one flight per week each into the country. United, Delta and American Airlines suspended flights to China before mid-March. Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines continue flying those routes. The Transportation Department announced Wednesday that it would prohibit all passenger airline flights from China no later than June 16.