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Southwest Launches Winter Flight Sale With One-Way Fares From $49



Southwest Airlines is putting millions of winter fares on sale for the second straight week during yet another three-day nationwide flash sale with seats starting as low as $49 one-way.

Travelers have until 11:59 p.m. PT on Thursday, October 3 to book.

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Continental U.S. travel is valid November 13, 2019, through February 12, 2020, while discounted interisland Hawaii flights are available December 4 through December 18, 2019, and January 2 through February 12, 2020. Travel to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico is valid November 13 through December 5, 2019, and January 13 through March 5, 2020. Finally, the sale applies to international flights from November 13 through December 11, 2019, and January 7 through March 5, 2020.

Keep in mind blackout dates do apply around the holidays.

Sale fares include nonstop flights from Dallas (Love Field) to destinations such as Charleston, South Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago and Las Vegas for under $100 one-way. Meanwhile, notable $49 fares include nonstop from Atlanta to Nashville; Los Angeles to Phoenix and Fort Lauderdale to Orlando, Florida, among others.

Winter travelers can even fly nonstop between Houston and Cancun for as little as $161 one-way.

Contact your travel agent or visit Southwest’s website to filter flight deals by your departure city.

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Emirates Announces Firing Employees Amid the Pandemic



Emirates Airline, the last holdout among the Gulf region‘s three major East-West carriers in retaining its workforce announced on May 31, 2020, that it had fired an undisclosed number of employees, due to the near-shutdown of global air travel amid COVID-19.

The other two—Abu Dhabi’s Etihad and Doha-based Qatar Airways—had already scaled back in terms of staffing as the virus spread, virtually eliminating passenger demand and causing international borders to slam shut.

While Emirates has been applauded during the pandemic for continuing to run repatriation flights around the globe, as well as delivering cargo and critical supplies, it has been dramatically affected by the halting of international passenger travel, just like the rest of the world’s airlines.

In a statement, the company said, “We have endeavored to sustain the current family as is…but have come to the conclusion that we, unfortunately, have to say goodbye to a few of the wonderful people that worked with us.”

Without revealing any particulars of the mass firing, Emirates assured that those being axed from its workforce would be treated, “with fairness and respect.”

ABC News reported that to try and balance some of the immense losses the airline continues to suffer, Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, injected an undisclosed amount of equity into its operations back in March.

Although the flag carrier, owned by a Dubai sovereign wealth fund, had already reduced its staff members’ pay during the course of the global health crisis.

Meanwhile, Emirates’ home base, Dubai International Airport—typically the world’s busiest in terms of international passenger traffic—has also been running only a fraction of its normal operations.

Dubai, which has positioned itself as a critical hub for the free movement of people, goods and capital from around the globe (all of which the pandemic has disrupted), now depends heavily upon a resumption of activity at its airport.

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