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News Bulletin 7/16/2020

Insider Report

Welcome to the weekly National Travel newsletter!  United is adding some flights back while American is still cutting some of theirs! Get updated info on these changes as well as links to the most up to date airline COVID policies. Lastly, we take a look at an amazing astronomical event happening this month that you can see right from your own yard! We have our office open 24/7 so if there are any questions or thoughts we can help with feel free to give us a call!   


United Airlines Restores Schedules, While American Airlines Cuts Back; Changes to Capacity Limits

A recent announcement from United Airlines indicated that they will be restoring about half of their domestic markets as well as some International routes this August.  The growth will include about 3 times the number of flights compared to June and will bring the airline up to about 40% of what they operated last August.  New and returning markets will be focuses on the airline’s major hubs in Chicago, Houston, Denver, and flights from Newark are scheduled to double in frequency.  
   This news comes as American Airlines begins to reduce many of their schedules.  The airline will be ending several international routes, particularly some from Los Angeles, to focus more on their domestic strength and to account for the recent downturn in international travel.  American Airlines reported that they are operating at about 25% lower long-haul capacity compared to 2019.  With several international routes ending from LAX, Dallas/Ft. Worth will now because the airline’s major transpacific hub.  
     While reducing their schedules, American Airlines has also begun booking their remaining flights to capacity as of July 1st.  Although flights now have the possibility selling out, passengers will be notified and given the option to change to a less crowded available flight at no additional cost.  Some of American Airlines’s competitors are still blocking center seats and selling at much lower capacity, although American had previously only reduced their capacity to about 85%.  Delta, for example, plans to continue to sell at a reduced capacity of 60% in their economy and premium cabins through September 2020, while JetBlue will also continue to block their center seats through the end of July.


Airline Policy Updates
  Many major airline carriers have updated and extended their change/cancellation policies. These policies may change at the airlines’ discretion so we are doing our best to provide updated information as often as possible!  Check out these links for the most recent information.

Journey to Outer Space!

If you’re still stuck at home with the travel bug throughout the month of July, you might consider a trip to outer space from the comfort of your own back yard.  Recently discovered comet, Neowise, will provide a spectacular view for star-gazers this month, reaching its closest distance of about 64 million miles on July 22nd.  The comet is likely to be one of the brightest of the century and will not return until it completes its orbit around the sun in about 7,000 years.  
Click here to read more about this once-in-a-lifetime show
Fun Fact of the Week!
The “smoke-line” left by an airplane is really water vapor. A longer lasting, wider line could be the tell-tale sign of an impending storm while a short lasting one indicates low-humidity air and fair weather.

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Editor: Kelsey Morgan
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