Coronavirus Special Report
Nov. 29-Dec. 5, 2020
Read all about it! The Coronavirus ravages the nation. The sitting President spins post-election fantasies while his top virus advisors, Doctors Fauci and Birx, and Surgeon General Jerome Adams warn of brutal weeks ahead. More than 265,000 272,000 have died. Numbers show that travel is primed for a post-Thanksgiving collapse. Airlines are reducing already shriveled fourth-quarter projections. And much more. Read from the bottom for context.

Coronavirus Update for December 2, 2020

The United Kingdom granted emergency-use authority for the Pfizer vaccine. The Associated Press has the details. Here are today's other developments:
        It's a killing field now. There were 180,083 new Coronavirus cases in the United States on Tuesday, says Johns Hopkins. The death toll was 2,597 and we're not even near the Thanksgiving-created surge expected by the experts. A record-high 98,000 hospitalizations were reported.
        Don't travel, but ... The CDC has reaffirmed its guidance not to travel for the holidays, but has changed its mind on 14-day quarantines. With a negative Coronavirus test and no symptoms, a 7-day quarantine is suggested. It's 10 days without a test and no symptoms.
        December daze The TSA says 780,283 people passed through airport checkpoints yesterday. It represents 34.2 percent of 2019 traffic. That's the slowest travel day since mid-November.
        Lockdown lights England exited it second national lockdown today and has returned to a three-tier system of restrictions. It's so complicated that The Guardian has a page allowing Brits to check the rules by post code. Meanwhile, Austria will be relaxing its lockdown in the coming days. An 8pm-to-6am curfew will replace the stay-at-home rule and schools and retail will reopen. Bars, restaurants and cafes will not reopen for indoor service until January 7, but takeaway and delivery will be permitted between 6am and 7pm. Christmas markets are cancelled nationwide, however.
        November notes Based on TSA checkpoint statistics, November travel averaged 37.1 percent of 2019 volume. That represents a slowdown in the flying rebound. Over the previous four months, 2020 volume regained about 3 percent against 2019 traffic. November's gain was just 1.6 percentage points against October's 35.5 percent of 2019 volume.
        Yeah, you won't be cruising Norwegian Cruise Lines has cancelled all itineraries through early March. Voyages on Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises are cancelled until March 31.

Coronavirus Update for December 1, 2020

How did November go? A third of all Coronavirus cases recorded since the pandemic began occurred. Hospitalizations more than doubled. CNN has the ugly details. Here are today's other developments:
        Monday misery There were 157,901 new Coronavirus cases in the United States yesterday, says Johns Hopkins. The death toll was 1,172.
        Just another manic Monday The TSA says 981,912 people passed through airport checkpoints yesterday. It represents 37.8 percent of 2019 traffic. For the first 29 days of November, the system was at 37.1 percent of 2019 volume. It's almost like the not-quite-as-busy-as-you-were-told Thanksgiving travel rush never happened.
        Atlas shivved Scott Atlas, the radiologist turned Trump Coronavirus whisperer, resigned from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Officially, he hit his legally mandated maximum days as a special government employee. Unofficially, since Trump no longer cares about the virus, why hang around? So it's back to Fox "News" where Atlas can again spew the crackpot theories that attracted Trump's attention in the first place.
        The bubble bursts Hong Kong and Singapore have indefinitely delayed the launch of the "travel bubble" between the two city-states. The program, which would allow no-quarantine travel for flyers who submitted to at least three virus tests, was due to launch earlier this month, but was delayed until today. Bloomberg News has the distressing details.
        Small isn't beautiful Small, rural hospitals are being overwhelmed by Coronavirus cases. The Associated Press has the sad story of a 25-bed facility in Memphis, Missouri.
        Quiet skies Eurocontrol, which operates the continent's air space, says November aircraft traffic averaged 10,301 flights a day. That's just 38.4 percent of 2019 volume.

Coronavirus Update for November 30, 2020

The United States has recorded more than 100,000 new infections for 27 consecutive days. And Dr. Anthony Fauci worries about a "surge ... superimposed upon a surge" due to holiday travel and family visits. Here are today's other developments:
        Holiday high The TSA says 1,176,091 people passed through its airport checkpoints on Sunday. That's largest raw number since the pandemic lows of mid-April and busiest day since March 16. But it represents only 40.7 percent of 2019 traffic, far from busiest pandemic traffic day by that much more relevant statistic. The Sunday after Thanksgiving was the busiest day of the flying year in 2019, so it also being the busiest pandemic travel day should be no surprise.
        Sunday warning Remembering that Sunday always has lower numbers due to scattered and incomplete reporting, there were "only" 138,903 new Coronavirus cases in the United States yesterday, says Johns Hopkins. The death toll was 826.
        Are they blue? You'd be, too. JetBlue Airways is ratcheting down fourth quarter predictions. Its capacity may be down as much as 50 percent of 2019 schedules against the earlier projection of 45 percent. Revenues are expected to fall 70 percent compared to a predicted 65 percent. Daily cash burn is also growing again. It is now expected in the $6-$8 million range as opposed to earlier predictions of $4-$6 million. The new outlook was disclosed in a new government filing.
        Much more room at the inn U.S. hotel occupancy averaged 41.2 percent for the week ended November 21. That's down from a brief moment at 50 percent during the summer and has now fallen every week in November. The numbers come from STR, the lodging analysts.
        Let them eat Sacher Torte The Hotel Sacher in Vienna is desperate for revenue. One of its solutions? Selling Sacher Tortes from a makeshift drive-in stand across from the state opera house. Agence France-Presse has the chocolaty details.
        They never promised you a rose garden Nearly a third of small businesses in New Jersey have now closed. Details of the collapse of commerce in the Garden State are here.

Coronavirus Update for November 29, 2020

Colorado Governor Jared Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, have tested positive for the Coronavirus. Here are today's other developments:
        Holiday hangover There were 155,596 new Coronavirus cases in the United States yesterday, says Johns Hopkins. The death toll was 1,189. And remember: Holiday statistics (as well as weekend ones) are often fragmentary and incomplete.
        Saturday slumber The TSA says that 964,630 people passed through airport checkpoints on Saturday, the second day of the Thanksgiving trek home. That's 36.4 percent of 2019 volume and most likely the slowest day of the return weekend.
        Island time Visitors have been slowly returning to Hawaii since it lifted its mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrivals. That is desperately needed good news for the state's economy, but some locals will miss having Hawaii's beauty and attractions all to themselves. The Associated Press has the details.
        No longer a star Eurostar, which links England with the continent via the Channel tunnel, is no longer relevant during the Coronavirus lockdowns. Demand has dropped 95 percent and the service operates just one daily train between London and Paris and one between London and Brussels with continuing service to Amsterdam. Before the pandemic, there were around four dozen daily trains.
        Question time Many questions surround the data supporting the safety and efficacy of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the cheapest and easiest to transport of the three developed by Western nations. CNBC has the details.

Coronavirus Update for November 22-28, 2020

Read all about it! The Coronavirus spirals out of control as many hospitals run out of ICU beds. More than 255,000 260,000 265,000 have died. Infections surged past the 12- and 13-million marks just this week. Despite what you heard, Americans didn't rush airports for Thanksgiving flights. Much of the world is locked down again and travel reflects the closure. There is hope for test-and-fly regimens and carriers think Canadians will accept a 14-day winter quarantine to fly to Hawaii. And much more. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for November 15-21, 2020

Read all about it! More than 245,000 250,000 255,000 Americans already have died during the virus pandemic and the daily death toll again jumps past 2,000. Infections in the United States surge past 11 million and may reach 200,000 a day. Airlines slash key routes. Governments urge us to stay home for Thanksgiving. Cities and states shutter entertainment venues, close indoor dining and impose nightly curfews hoping to stop the spread. And much more. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for November 8-14, 2020

Read all about it! More than 238,000 240,000 245,000 Americans have died during the pandemic and deaths are growing at 1,000 or more a day. Infections in the United States surge past 10 million and crash through the 150,000-a-day mark. The markets rally on news of a vaccine that may be 90 percent effective, then fall back. Global airline capacity continues to slide. American cities and states place limits on bars and restaurants again. And more. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for November 1-7, 2020

Read all about it! More than 230,000 235,000 238,000 Americans now have died during the pandemic as new cases surge beyond the 100,000-a-day mark. European cities and countries lock down again. The airlines and railroads follow by slashing service. After a decent October, U.S. travel interests fear for holiday business as the Coronavirus spreads again. Retail operations wobble nationwide. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for October 25-31, 2020

Read all about it! More than 225,000 230,000 Americans have died during the pandemic. The Trump Administration admits it won't fight the Coronavirus, preferring to tout still-nonexistent vaccines and therapeutics. Europe begins to shut down as flight traffic crumbles. The last week of electioneering is a referendum on how to handle what experts predict will be a "dark" winter. And more. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for October 18-24, 2020

Read all about it! More than 219,000 220,000 225,000 Americans have died during the virus pandemic and predictions for the next few months are dire. U.S. infection rates soar to mid-summer highs. Cruise lines consider reopening. The airlines and hotels try to imagine the future. Global lockdowns get more severe. Airlines face ugly numbers. And more. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for October 11-17, 2020

Read all about it! More than 214,000 215,000 219,000 Americans have died during the pandemic as the second wave takes hold around the world. Cities and countries eschew total lockdowns, but restrictions on daily life return. The airlines and hotel chains warn it will be years before 2019 travel patterns return. Airline third-quarter numbers are predictably dreary. And more. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for October 4-10, 2020

Read all about it! More than 209,000 210,000 214,000 Americans have died during the pandemic as a second wave engulfs many Western nations. Cities once past the worst of the Coronavirus begin new shutdowns. The White House Coronavirus crisis deepens. Airlines rethink international routes. And more. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for Sept. 27-October 3, 2020

Read all about it! More than 204,000 205,000 209,000 Americans have died during the pandemic as global deaths pass one million. Airlines trim fall/winter transatlantic flights since there's little chance countries will open their borders to the United States. And more. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for September 20-26, 2020

Read all about it! More than 199,000 200,000 204,000 Americans have died during the Coronavirus pandemic. Airlines and hotels cut back because there is little traffic to support more optimistic approaches. Europe resumes some limited lockdowns. Airline bosses expect the worst. And more. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for September 13-19, 2020

Read all about it! More than 193,000 195,000 199,000 Americans have died during the virus pandemic as positive cases pass the 6.5-million mark. Countries that once "beat" the virus experience a dreaded second wave. Flying numbers fall as both business and leisure travel slows. Hotels are closing forever. Ground borders in North America remain closed. And more. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for September 6-12, 2020

Read all about it! More than 188,000 190,000 193,000 have died during the pandemic in the United States. Schools and universities continue to cancel or curtail in-person classes. U.S. airlines press for another bailout, but the Senate omits it from its bill. The travel industry begins autumn cutbacks as the summer uptick flattens. And more. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for August 30-Sept. 5, 2020

Read all about it! The United States has now passed 6 million confirmed cases and 182,000 185,000 188,000 dead. That's about 24 percent of the global cases and 20 percent of the death toll. We are 4 percent of the world's population. Meanwhile, more and more 2021 events are cancelled as travel dials back from a brief summer "high." And more. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for August 23-August 29, 2020

Read all about it! The death toll from Coronavirus surges past 175,000 180,000 182,000 as European and Asian nations deal with resurgences of the virus. Flying hits the wall as daily traffic sags noticeably. Airlines globally begin to pull down service again. And more. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for August 16-August 22, 2020

Read all about it! As the nation begins two weeks of Zoom-like political conventions, the death toll from Coronavirus surges past 169,000 175,000 176,000. As many places open, others shut back down. Travel continues to wobble: Airline passenger volume flattens, hotel occupancy rates remain far below 2019 levels. And more. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for August 9-August 15, 2020

Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll surges past 162,000 165,000 169,000. There are now more than 20 million cases worldwide and a quarter of them have been in the United States. Travel continues to be in an extended holding pattern as Americans fret about schools, the football season--and the post office. And more. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for August 2-August 8, 2020

Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll spikes dramatically as the nationwide tally surges past 155,000 160,000 162,000. Countries that thought they'd tamed the virus are scaling back activities just as the August vacation season kicks into high gear. U.S. carriers and hotels face the wreckage of a shrunken travel industry. And more. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for July 26-August 1, 2020

Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll surges past 146,000 150,000 154,000 as new cases and rising hospitalization rates tax hospitals in Florida, Texas and other Sunbelt states. European countries consider requirements for returning residents to test after holidays. The travel industry worries about the fragility--and shallow nature--of the "recovery." And more. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for July 19-25, 2020

Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll surges past 140,000 145,000 146,000 while infections rage out of control throughout the Sunbelt. Countries close their borders again and reopenings in the United States are rolled back or curtailed. The travel industry faces a hard reality: There's no V-shaped recovery. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for July 12-18, 2020

Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll surges past 135,000 140,000 while countries such as New Zealand can declare themselves virus-free. New York City, however, said it had its first death-free day since mid-March. Meanwhile, Florida is the new global epicenter of Coronavirus. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for July 5-11, 2020

Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll surges past 130,000 135,000 and new virus infections are rising around the nation and around the world. The question is now what a post-Fourth travel scene will look like as several states with key hubs--California, Arizona, Texas, Florida--report record-breaking infection numbers. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for June 28-July 4, 2020

Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll surges past 125,000 130,000. As the Coronavirus rages throughout the South, reality sets in about the pace of any possible "recovery" and reopenings. Europe drops most of its intra-continental travel restrictions, but most foreign visitors, including Americans, are still barred. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for June 21-27, 2020

Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll surges past 115,000 120,000 125,000 126,000. Deaths slowed last week, but the infection rate is growing in half the states. U.S. travel picks up. The Northeast states that suffered in earlier months now quarantine arrivals from the high-infection states. European carriers grow capacity as the continent prepares for a July 1 reopening that may not permit Americans to visit. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for June 14-20, 2020

Read all about it! The nation's Coronavirus death toll surges past 115,000 119,000. The second wave seems to be starting in states that opened early. More airlines around the world resume service. U.S. airlines add back some flights, but traffic remains below 20 percent of 2019's totals. And more. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for June 7-13, 2020

Read all about it! The nation's Coronavirus death toll surges past 110,000 115,000 and the number of confirmed cases passes the two-million mark. Protests around the nation overshadow the pandemic and its effects. New York City opens up just as London and Britain launch 14-day quarantines. Flight traffic jumps yet remains a small fraction of 2019 volume. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for May 31-June 6, 2020

Read all about it! As the nation's Coronavirus death toll surges past 100,000 105,000 110,000, the nation's cities are hit with peaceful protests and violent riots. European carriers begin to fly again and the continent's major tourist countries plan to reopen to the world. U.S travel inches up from its mid-April floor. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for May 24-May 30, 2020

Read all about it! As the nation's Coronavirus death toll surges past 95,000 100,000 103,000, holiday travel "surges" back to about 13 percent of 2019's numbers. Some international travel resumes, but new bans are instituted, too. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for May 17-May 23, 2020

Read all about it! As the national Coronavirus death toll surges past the 85,000 90,000 95,000 96,000 mark, all eyes are on the states that opened quickly. Will their infection and death rates spike? Asia deals with zero tourism as bans on visitors continue. European countries sweat the decisions to open to some tourism. Flying is still down more than 90 percent compared to 2019, but surges for Memorial Day. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for May 10-May 16, 2020

Read all about it! The nationwide Coronavirus death toll surges past the 75,000 80,000 85,000 88,000 mark. European countries make plans for slow, phased openings. The United States is more chaotic. Airlines and airports go beyond masks to temperature checks. Travel is picking up--if you squint and squeeze the numbers. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for May 3-May 9, 2020

Read all about it! The nationwide Coronavirus death toll surges past the 65,000 70,000 75,000 78,000 mark. We enter the era of the masked flyer. New York closes its subways for the first time ever. Airline losses keep piling up. Traffic doesn't. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for April 26-May 2, 2020

Read all about it! The nationwide Coronavirus death toll surges past the 50,000 55,000 60,000 65,000 66,000 mark. Some states loosen restrictions while European countries will keep things closed into the summer. U.S. airline traffic begins to nudge up as airline earnings plunge. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for April 19-April 25, 2020

Read all about it! The nationwide Coronavirus death toll surges past the 35,000 40,000 45,000 50,000 52,000 mark, but progress is made in Italy, Spain, Austria and France. Governors start opening their states. Airlines begin to declare bankruptcy and the first tranche of first-quarter financial results are brutal. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for April 12-April 18, 2020

U.S. governors talk about when the states can reopen even as nationwide Coronavirus deaths surge past the 20,000 25,000 30,000 35,000 mark. Airlines whine about the terms of the bailout money they're getting from the nation's taxpayers. And only fools and self-important pundits know anything about the future of travel. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for April 5-April 11, 2020

Read all about it! As the world convulses with the waves of Coronavirus, the toll on the travel industry is revealed. Remaining flights are essentially empty, airports are shutting terminals and business travelers have nowhere to go--and aren't in a rush to get there. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for March 29-April 4, 2020

Read all about it! Domestic travel is down more than 90 percent from last year. More states impose stay-at-home orders. The death toll in Italy and Spain continues to skyrocket. And doctors and nurses are scrambling for supplies to help Coronavirus patients--and protect themselves. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for March 22-28, 2020

The new "new normal"? International transit airports barring transit passengers. U.S. states demanding arrivals from other U.S. states quarantine themselves on arrival. U.S. passenger volume dropping by 90 percent in a matter of days. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for March 15-21, 2020

Read all about it! The world is closing--and we watch in personal and transportation isolation. Countries are closing borders, airlines are all but shut and hotels are putting the keys in the door. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for March 8-14, 2020

Read all about it! Italy, Spain, France and Israel shut down. Other countries close their borders as the United States preps for what's to come. The Trump Administration botches the roll out of a ban on "all travel from Europe." U.S. carriers begin cutting service to the bone. Here's how it's happening. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for March 1-7, 2020

Read all about it! Italy emerges as the new Coronavirus hotspot so airlines begin making huge service cuts there. Meanwhile, Chinese airlines resume some flying. The chief rabbi of Israel says don't kiss the mezuzah. The travel industry starts tallying the financial damage. Here's how it's happening. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for February 15-29, 2020

Read all about it! The Coronavirus spreads around the globe. Japan, South Korea and Italy are hit hard and airlines quickly drop their flights. Tourism disappears and companies begin telling employees to curtail business travel. The Tokyo Summer Olympics may be threatened. Airlines begin rolling out gimmicky fee waivers to nervous flyers. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for February 1-14, 2020

Read all about it! The spread of the Coronavirus is still mostly affecting mainland China, but Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan are losing flights and visitors, too. As Chinese tourists stay home, however, the travel industry learns how much they mean to airline traffic, cruise ships and hotels. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for January 23-31, 2020

Read all about it! As the Coronavirus worsens, airlines have reacted by slashing service to Hong Kong and mainland China. Retailers and food-service giants such as McDonald's are closing locations, too. And neighboring countries are closing their borders. Click here for the day-to-day details.