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Travel: Ryanair passengers will have to ask to use toilet

The Guardian reports that Ryanair passengers “will have to ask permission to use the toilet under new rules laid out by the airline, as it prepares to restart 40% of flights in July in the hope that government restrictions on travel in Europe will be lifted.” For other rules, see this interesting piece in The […]

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Iceland to Ease Travel Restrictions

Reykjavík Grapevine reports that Iceland, the most sparsely populated country in Europe with a population of just 364,134, expects to reopen to tourists by June 15: Tourists visiting Iceland after this date can make a choice: go into immediate 2-week quarantine, get tested for the coronavirus, or present a clean bill of health from the […]

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Alaska Airlines: ‘Our Care is Never Canceled’

Alaska Airlines, the fifth largest airline in the United States, sends the right message for this moment:

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Will independent travel return before group travel?

In an interview in The Seattle Times, Rick Steves hypothesizes that independent travel will come back before group travel: There’s independent travel and then there’s organized travel. I think independent travelers will be a little more adventurous at first. But organized tourism is a complicated thing, and you don’t want to have a bus with […]

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Is Southwest Airlines Taking Social Distancing Seriously?

Southwest Airlines CEO and chairman Gary C. Kelly on the PBS NewsHour: The first thing is, we’re requiring all of own employees to wear masks. We’re also requiring our customers to wear masks. We are not going to remove middle seats, but we won’t book so many reservations, so that all the middle seats could be […]

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Warren Buffett: ‘The World Has Changed for the Airlines’

Berkshire Hathaway sold its entire stakes in American, Delta, Southwest, and United Airlines:

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Cruise Refunds Taking Two to Six Months

The queue of refunds is so deep that some providers temporarily inhibited everybody’s ability to process refunds so that they could process what they have already and slow down the outgoing cash flow. Once your refund has been requested, it could take eight to 24 weeks to get your refund, future cruise credit or future […]

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Rick Steves Tours Cancels All March Italy Tours

Rick Steves Tours has cancelled all its March group tour departures to Italy, but other than that is adhering to its standard cancellation policy. The company is cancelling as few tours as possible even in the face of a global health issue of great concern to many. Due to the CDC recommendations to avoid non-essential […]

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Italy Locks Down Much of the Country’s North Over the Coronavirus – NYTimes

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Lufthansa Reduces Flights By 50 Percent

The Lufthansa Group has announced that it will reduce its current flight schedule by up to 50 percent, in response to the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The airline is also contemplating grounding its fleet of 14 Airbus A380 aircraft. Source: AirlineGeeks