Internet Travel With Context
May 31-June 5, 2020
Read all about it! As the nation's Coronavirus death toll surges past 100,000 105,000 106,000, 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. The latest items are at the top. Read up from the bottom for context.

Coronavirus Update for June 3, 2020

Harder to remember, but we're still in the middle of a pandemic Here are today's travel developments:
        Tuesday troubles TSA statistics show 267,742 people passed through airports Tueday. That is 11.9 percent of 2019's total, a sharp drop from Sunday and Monday's performance. It seems to indicate a pattern: Business travel--traditionally strongest on Sunday, Monday and Friday--seems to be coming back before leisure travel.
        Alaska Airlines released some eye-watering statistics yesterday in a federal filing. Even though it reduced April capacity by 78 percent, load factor was just 15 percent. In May, capacity was down 79 percent and load factor was 40 percent. June capacity will be down 70-75 percent.
        Germany says it will lift travel restrictions from other European nations starting June 15. That includes EC countries, the United Kingdom and four Schengen nations not in the EC.
        Lufthansa says its first-quarter loss was 2.1 billion euros. It expects an even larger loss in the second quarter.

Coronavirus Update for June 2, 2020

The world watched an American president turn the military--and military-like forces--on peaceful protesters in Washington so he could use the Bible as a prop in front of a church. And rioters at night stole the honor of peaceful protesters by day. What difference is there between the two thieves? And what international traveler will want to come to America when our streets are owned by rioters and a lawless leader? Here are today's travel developments:
        The 14 percent solution TSA statistics show 353,261 people passed through airports Monday. That is 14.1 percent of 2019's total and it seems that's where we are this week.
        Hong Kong now allows travelers to transit Hong Kong International Airport. However, the health minister says a 14-day mandatory quarantine for arriving overseas visitors will continue until September 18.
        Michigan has lifted the stay-at-home order and Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the state's bars and restaurants can reopen at 50 percent of capacity. Other businesses--gyms, hair salons, barber shops, indoor theaters and casinos--will remain closed.

Coronavirus Update for June 1, 2020

The nation last night was on fire--literally and emotionally. The White House responded by turning out the lights--literally. Here are today's travel developments:
        Going up TSA statistics show 352,947 people passed through airport checkpoints on Sunday. It's the highest daily traffic volume since March 22. It is also 13.8 percent of similar-day 2019 travel. The latter number is up more than one percent than over the weekend.
        Come fly with them Nearly 60 European carriers resumed service last week or will do so this week, says OAG, the industry schedulekeepers. Included in the carriers resuming service is Turkish Airlines, which for weeks has grounded its entire global network.
        Portugal reopens to U.S. travelers on June 6. Continental Portugal, at least. Until July 1, however, visitors to Madeira and the Azores will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
        Emirates Airline may need four years to resume flying to all of its pre-pandemic destinations. The comment came from the Tim Clark, the outgoing president. Details are here.
        Global aircraft traffic is 48 percent of pre-pandemic levels, says FlightRadar24.com.

Coronavirus Update for May 31, 2020

Hope is hard to come by today. But it's not as if you can fly away to a better place. There was only room for two in the spaceship that departed yesterday from Cape Canaveral. Here are today's developments:
        Weekend update TSA statistics for people passing through airport checkpoints on Friday and Saturday indicate flying has now plateaued at around 12.5 percent of 2019 levels.
        Greece has made good on its promise to open the country for travelers by July 1. It has now published procedures for entry in June--it's tough for non-EC citizens--and then it's essentially open entry starting July 1.
        Hotel occupancy in the United States climbed back to 35.4 percent for the week of May 17-23, according to STR, the lodging statisticians. That compares to the nationwide low--21 percent--hit during the week of April 5-11.
        U.S. airlines grounded 3,054 aircraft--half the collective fleet--as of May 28, says the industry's trade group. The organization says the planes that are operating carry an average of 47 passengers per domestic flight.

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.