Internet Travel With Context
June 28-July 4, 2020
Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll surges past 125,000 128,000. As the virus 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 are still barred. Latest items are at the top. Read up from the bottom for context.

Coronavirus Update for July 1, 2020

The five states with the most new Coronavirus cases over the last 72 hours: California, Florida, Texas, Arizona and Georgia. Here are today's travel developments:
        Stepping back While New York state now permits some outdoor dining, New York City was due to permit limited indoor dining starting tomorrow. That's now off the board. Colorado ordered bars and nightclubs to close. They were permitted to reopen less than two weeks ago.
        Opening up Airports and the pyramids at Giza have reopened in Egypt. In Dubai, Emirates Airline has restored chauffeur service and reopened some of its airport lounges. In Australia, Qantas has reopened some airport lounges.
        Charlotte Airport says traffic is down 65 percent from 2019 levels, a substantial uptick from the second week of March, when traffic plunged 95 percent. Airport director Brent Cagle says about 10,000 people will travel through CLT over the holiday weekend.
        New York State now requires visitors from high-infection-rate states to self-isolate for 14 days. Eight more states were added to the list yesterday, according to Governor Mario Cuomo.
        Prognostications A full recovery to 2019 flight levels will require at least three more years, says Air Canada. It'll be at least 2023 before the hotel demand rebounds to pre-pandemic levels, say two leading lodging analysts.

Coronavirus Update for June 30, 2020

With 625,235 people passing through TSA checkpoints on Monday, it's the first time since mid-April pandemic lows that airport traffic passed 25 percent of 2019 levels. But the absolute volume of airport traffic seems to be slowing now, perhaps a recognition of the second wave (or a revived first wave) of Coronavirus. Here are today's other travel developments:
        Air Canada is indefinitely suspending service on 30 domestic routes between larger cities and smaller airports in the country. Eight airports will lose all service.
        Arizona has ordered bars, gyms and some other businesses to close again due to spiking virus infection rates.
        Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has ordered masks worn throughout the state. The order takes effect on July 3.
        New Jersey has delayed plans to allow restaurants to reopen for indoor dining.
        Las Vegas McCarran Airport reported a 91.5 percent year-over-year decline in traffic in May. The passenger volume totaled just 391,712. Still, it was more than double the 152,716 people using the airport in April.

Coronavirus Update for June 29, 2020

TSA checkpoint numbers for the weekend reached 24 percent of 2019 numbers, the highest to date. But the pace of recovery has slowed noticeably and with key states--Florida, Texas, Arizona and North Carolina--suffering a sharp upturn in Coronavirus infections, future recovery is questionable. Here are today's other travel developments:
        Porter Airlines, the Canadian carrier based at Toronto/City Island, has delayed its relaunch again. It now says flights won't resume until August 31. The carrier grounded itself on March 21.
        Italy has barred carry-on luggage and use of overhead lockers on all international and domestic flights. The theory is that eliminating carry-on bags will enhance social distancing during the boarding process.
        Jacksonville, Florida, site of the Republican Convention in August, requires masks for indoor public events. The mandate becomes effective at 5pm today.
        Broadway shows will be dark through January 3, 2021. The announcement was made by the Broadway League, the group that oversees Broadway theaters. Broadway first shut down performances on March 12.
        California has ordered the closing of bars in seven counties, including Los Angeles. The state also suggested local officials close bars in eight others.

Coronavirus Update for June 28, 2020

What an ugly trifecta today: Ten million confirmed cases worldwide and 500,000 dead--plus more than 2.5 million confirmed cases in the United States. Here are today's travel developments:
        Austin health officials last week saw the highest rate of positive coronavirus tests of any metro area in the nation, Austin Mayor Steve Adler said Saturday. The Statesman has details.
        American Airlines says Friday's traffic was the highest since the pandemic lows. It was "only" down 73 percent from a similar day in 2019. The airline had 2,373 scheduled flights Friday compared to 7,006 in 2019. Separately, airline executives confirm premium cabin load factors on its international flights are at or below 20 percent.
        Dubai says it will reopen to visitors on July 7. Travelers must have certification that they are free of Coronavirus or undergo a test at the airport. Details are here.

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.