Alaska Airlines shared tips to ensure travelers are keeping a safe distance from each other during the entire travel process, such as asking a gate agent to move the traveler's seat. The airline also has capped the number of passengers in first class to ensure adequate space between passengers and has enhanced cleaning procedures between flights.
United Airlines will operate 21 repatriation flights this week to bring nearly 2,500 Americans home from Panama, Ecuador, Peru and Honduras. Air Canada has been operating special flights to repatriate Canadians from Morocco, Spain, Peru and Ecuador.
Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly and American Airlines CEO Doug Parker have provided updates about how their carriers are responding to the coronavirus pandemic and lauding the federal stimulus package that will bolster airlines and protect the jobs of crew members. "Essentially, the US government is providing funds to motivate airlines to continue air service and not involuntarily furlough any team members through a period of incredibly low demand for air travel," Parker said.
The Federal Aviation Administration took decisive action on March 26 to protect pilots whose livelihoods faced further disruption, in the form of expiring certifications, during the global coronavirus pandemic. AOPA wholeheartedly applauded that decision.
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Roll-Royce's facility in England is taking a one-week break from civil aerospace operations and will cut all nonessential activity. The company will continue to compensate employees, and defense operations will not be affected.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Josh Claeys of the Alaska Army National Guard flew a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to the Iditarod Trail on a mission to rescue three mushers and their sled dogs from Arctic flood waters. The dogs and their handlers were quickly brought to safety, and Claeys and his fellow aircrew were awarded three saves for the operation.
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Many travelers are sharing photos of unoccupied planes and airports, with vacant seats and empty security lines. The photographs underscore the 40-60% drop in domestic travel and approximately 85% in international flights.