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Two Airlines Confirm Couple With Coronavirus Recently Flew on Their Planes



Another case of the coronavirus has come to the U.S., as Delta Air Lines and Hawaiian Airlines have confirmed an elderly Japanese couple that has traveled on their flights in and around Hawaii has been diagnosed with the virus.

The husband and wife had reportedly arrived in Hawaii on January 28, though it is unknown which airline they traveled on. They stayed in Maui until February 3, at which time the husband had begun to experience “cold-like symptoms.”

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It is unknown where the couple stayed during their time in Maui.

The couple then traveled from Kahului to the island of Oahu on Hawaiian Airlines flight HA265. They lodged at the Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations and departed on Delta flight 611 to return to Nagoya, Japan on February 6.

After arriving home, the husband was hospitalized with a high fever. He was diagnosed with pneumonia before testing positive for the coronavirus. His wife was hospitalized on February 13 and was diagnosed with the virus on February 15.

Both Delta and Hawaiian Airlines are working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) following the couple’s diagnosis. The State DOH is investigating the couple’s Hawaiian itinerary to identify possible health risks. Hilton Hotels is also “monitoring the situation.”

At this time, more than 71,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19, with at least 1,770 deaths.

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Airline Travel Hits a 10-Year Low



Saying that demand for air travel is declining at a rate quicker than airlines are even trimming capacity, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says traveling by plane has hit a 10-year low.

As the spread of the coronavirus continues to play havoc with everyday life, airlines are feeling the brunt and trimming flight schedules nearly every day. In fact, with the apex of the virus approaching for New York City, United just announced it is dramatically cutting back service in and out of NYC-area airports.

According to the TSA, airport security checkpoints screened fewer than 125,000 people nationwide on Thursday, April 2. That’s less than 5 percent of the 2.4 million people, including both passengers and crew members, who passed through TSA checkpoints on the same day last year.

Overall, the TSA reported that passenger counts are down about 92 percent – and “passenger traffic is falling much faster than they [airlines] can cut capacity.” In March, TSA screened just under half of the passengers it did in March 2019.

Airlines must continue to keep a minimum of flights and move cargo, as per government provisions of the bailout that was part of the stimulus package.

CNN reported that as a result of the drop in demand, about 20 percent of the US commercial aviation fleet – some 1,200 planes – are parked and have not been used in the last seven days, according to data from Airlines for America. Some airlines have decided to retire older aircraft ahead of schedule.

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