Tag: Airports

From ‘Disgraceful’ to ‘Breathtaking’: La Guardia’s $4 Billion Makeover

By the time New Yorkers return to traveling on planes, they may forget they ever hated La Guardia Airport. The airport famously derided as “third-world” by former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will take a big leap forward on Saturday when its cramped, 56-year-old Central Terminal is jettisoned for an airy, art-filled $4 billion […]

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Flying Was Once Routine. During the Pandemic, It’s a Feat.

FRANKFURT — Last week I stepped aboard the subway in Frankfurt for the first time since February, the start of a 4,000-mile trans-Atlantic journey to rejoin my wife after a three-month separation. The trip to the United States was one I’ve made dozens of times over the quarter century I’ve lived and worked in Germany. […]

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What Will It Take to Reopen the World to Travel?

SYDNEY, Australia — After months of locked-down borders, countries that have stifled the coronavirus are trying to choreograph a risky dance: how to bring back visitors without importing another burst of uncontrolled contagion. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania dropped restrictions for each other on May 15, while keeping out everyone else. Australia and New Zealand are […]

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Airlines Say It’s Safe to Travel. But Is It?

Airlines and airports around the world are doing everything they can to instill confidence that it is safe to fly again, despite the coronavirus pandemic. Airlines are requiring face masks for passengers and staff, imposing new aircraft cleaning procedures, using social distancing to board flights, blocking middle seats on planes and, in one case, even […]

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Thinking About Flying? Here’s What You Need to Know Now

On Friday, the Transportation Security Administration screened 348,673 people at American airports, the most since travel went into a free-fall in mid-March, likely driven by people traveling ahead of Memorial Day weekend. Still, a year ago, more than 2.7 million people were screened, showing just how far the industry has to come back. For people […]

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Pakistanis Await Grim Word on IDs of Plane Crash Victims

KARACHI, Pakistan — The bodies were pulled one by one from the ruins of damaged buildings and the smoldering wreckage of the Pakistan International Airlines plane that had crashed a day earlier into a crowded neighborhood of Karachi: 97 of them by Saturday. Many were charred beyond recognition, leaving families — some clutching pictures of […]

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Hertz, Car Rental Pioneer, Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Hertz, which started with a fleet of a dozen Ford Model T’s a century ago and became one of the world’s largest car rental companies, filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday after falling victim to its mountain of debt. The coronavirus pandemic has devastated Hertz by grounding business travelers and tourists, making it impossible for […]

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What Flying This Summer Will Look Like

Airports this Memorial Day weekend are likely to be far emptier than usual, but people who plan to travel can expect to encounter lots of changes and new inconveniences. Take security. As travelers wait in line to be screened, they can expect to see signs and other markings reminding them to maintain their distance from […]

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Solo for Flute, Airport Terminal and One Listener

ImageStephanie Winker playing the flute for Annika Fink in a one-on-one recital on Sunday at Stuttgart Airport in southern Germany. On Sunday afternoon, Patrick Stein walked into Terminal 1 at Stuttgart Airport, normally one of the busiest in southern Germany. He’d been there hundreds of times before, having once worked at the airport. Except this […]

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California’s Plan to Trace Travelers for Virus Faltered When Overwhelmed, Study Finds

In the early days of the coronavirus outbreak, the United States, like many countries, had a very brief chance to limit the spread of the disease at its borders. Identifying travelers from high-risk countries and tracing their contacts with others would have been critical measures, if put in place early enough. In California, the largest […]

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Southwest Flight Hits and Kills Person on Austin Airport Runway

A Southwest Airlines flight hit and killed a person after landing at the airport in Austin, Texas, on Thursday night, the authorities said. The airline said in a statement that Southwest Airlines Flight 1392, flying from Dallas, had been cleared to land at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and landed safely on the designated runway at 8:12 […]

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They’re Still Working at the Airports, and They’re Scared

Since the coronavirus outbreak began, dozens of workers from the three major airports in the New York City area have been infected, and at least 17 have died, union officials said. Those still on the job are afraid they could be next. Most of the workers earn less than $20 an hour and do not […]

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Few Travelers, Few Flights and Now, a Total Airport Shutdown

Before the coronavirus pandemic brought air travel to a near standstill, airlines operated 40 daily flights from Westchester County Airport. Soon, there will be none. The airport, which serves the suburbs just north of New York City, has found a slim sliver lining in its largely vacant and eerily quiet terminal: It can close temporarily, […]

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Business Travel Has Stopped. No One Knows When It Will Come Back.

Business travel worldwide has basically come to a standstill in the coronavirus pandemic. When it will come back, and in what form, is anybody’s guess. “Everyone will have to learn how to be comfortable around people, especially in large airports, on crowded planes, and in very large convention hotels and resorts,” said Henry Harteveldt, founder […]

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As Online Buying Surges, So Do Noisy Cargo Flights

The last time Congress approved legislation dealing with airport noise complaints was 30 years ago, when the biggest concern was older, inefficient planes. But the law, the Air Noise and Capacity Act of 1990, couldn’t anticipate an online world of overnight, and even same-day, delivery or the din it would bring to neighborhoods near the […]

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All I Wanted Was to Be Interrogated

When I tell people I flew back to New York City from Hong Kong last weekend, many ask one of two questions. The first: How long do you have to quarantine? And the second: They must have asked you a lot of questions at the airport, right? The answer to the first is zero days. […]

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430,000 People Have Traveled From China to U.S. Since Coronavirus Surfaced

Since Chinese officials disclosed the outbreak of a mysterious pneumonialike illness to international health officials on New Year’s Eve, at least 430,000 people have arrived in the United States on direct flights from China, including nearly 40,000 in the two months after President Trump imposed restrictions on such travel, according to an analysis of data […]

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The New Travel Document: Photograph of an Empty Plane

The story of air travel’s shutdown can be told in numbers. Helane Becker, managing director and senior airline analyst at Cowen, an investment bank, estimates between 40 and 60 percent of United States domestic flights have been canceled. Cancellations of international flights are even higher, about 85 percent, she said. But photographs will do just […]

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Governors Tell Outsiders From ‘Hot Zone’ to Stay Away as Virus Divides States

MIAMI — Florida has a message for New Yorkers: Please don’t visit. And if you do, prepare to sit in quarantine or risk jail. Hawaii, which also thrives on tourism, is asking visitors to stay away for a month. And Alaska is requiring a 14-day quarantine for anyone entering from, as Alaskans put it, Outside. […]

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Inside American Airlines’ Scramble as Virus Grounds Jets by Hundreds

On Monday morning, American Airlines Flight 1 departed John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, bound for Los Angeles. It had six passengers. The flight is normally one of the airline’s busiest and most profitable. Now it is a money pit, a cross-country symbol of how thoroughly the coronavirus pandemic has decimated commercial air travel […]

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Coronavirus Decimates N.Y.C. Taxi Industry: ‘The Worst It’s Ever Been’

There are so few travelers left at Kennedy International Airport, one of the world’s busiest airfields, that taxis wait six hours or more for a single passenger. Taxi companies can no longer find enough drivers for their fleets because there is so little business. And some cabdrivers are so fearful of being exposed to the […]

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1,200 Airport Workers in N.Y.C. Area Abruptly Laid Off With No Severance

Maria Campos had worked as a waitress at La Guardia Airport for more than 30 years until Tuesday, when her career came to an abrupt halt that left her scared and empty-handed. She was ordered to turn in her airport access badge and told she would receive no severance pay and would soon run out […]

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Travelers From Coronavirus Hot Spots Say They Faced No Screening

WASHINGTON — As thousands of Americans flee from Europe and other centers of the coronavirus outbreak, many travelers are reporting no health screenings upon departure and few impediments at U.S. airports beyond a welcome home greeting. Since January, officers from Customs and Border Protection have been on heightened alert for travelers who could potentially spread […]

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Here Is Each Airline’s Current Coronavirus Flight Change And Cancellation Policy

As of today, March 9th, there are over 110,000 cases of the coronavirus worldwide with a global death toll surpassing 3,000. In a statement, CNN reports that Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that public health officials worldwide are now operating in “uncharted territory,” though he still […]

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Flight Attendants Fear for Their Jobs as Coronavirus Panic Takes Hold

The only thing spreading faster than the coronavirus is fear about the coronavirus. With the federal government seemingly unable to produce the promised number of tests for COVID-19, popularly known as the coronavirus, it’s unclear exactly how many infected people there are in the U.S. But it’s clear that the virus has spread via air […]

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How Prepared Is the U.S. for a Coronavirus Outbreak?

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