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Coronavirus Travel News

Follow the latest news about coronavirus and its impact on hotels, airlines, cruise lines, tourism destinations, and other sectors of the travel industry.

We are over a year into the Covid-19 global pandemic, and the impact on the travel industry has been severe to say the least. Skift has been covering this on a day-to-day basis since January 2020. You can read the latest news, as well as all of our coverage, on the pages below.

Airlines

Flybe Becomes the First Airline to Die Because of Coronavirus

If this coronavirus panic drags on, we may see otherwise healthy airlines go bust. But that is not the case here. Flybe was in trouble well before coronavirus.

Flybe Becomes the First Airline to Die Because of Coronavirus

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Oyo’s Post-Coronavirus Valuation Could Fall to Around $6 Billion

Numerous travel companies, private and public, have seen their valuations taken down a peg by coronavirus. But Oyo's China business, where it fields about 60 percent of its rooms, and its ongoing operational problems in other regions exacerbate its likely valuation decline.

Oyo’s Post-Coronavirus Valuation Could Fall to Around $6 Billion

Airlines

Finnair Considering Layoffs to Deal With Coronavirus Downturn

Finnair's latest response to the outbreak shows how quickly things can change and how difficult it is for a company to quantify the impact of a fast-changing external event. Only a month ago, the CEO was saying that coronavirus would have a "relatively limited" impact on the airline.

Finnair Considering Layoffs to Deal With Coronavirus Downturn

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Airlines Scramble to Placate Spooked Passengers as Bookings Drop Dramatically

As the world contends with coronavirus, airlines are fighting a battle against consumer confidence, requiring generous policies that are unusual in the commercial aviation industry.

Airlines Scramble to Placate Spooked Passengers as Bookings Drop Dramatically

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Wizz Air Mulls 10 Percent Capacity Cut to Cope With Coronavirus

As demand falls across Europe, airlines have little choice but to adjust their flight schedules. It's a time to batten down the hatches and try to ride out the storm.

Wizz Air Mulls 10 Percent Capacity Cut to Cope With Coronavirus

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Cruise Lines Relax Cancellation Policies, Hold the Line on Coronavirus-Related Discounts

While dealt a blow by coronavirus, the cruise industry is managing to hold the line on pricing, at least for now. The long-term impact of the crisis remains to be seen, but the cruise industry has weathered many others in the past.

Cruise Lines Relax Cancellation Policies, Hold the Line on Coronavirus-Related Discounts

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Nearly 90 Percent of U.S. Travelers Have Yet to Cancel Plans Due to Virus: Skift Research

U.S. travelers are taking a wait-and-see approach to the evolving coronavirus situation, with few canceling just yet. But most American travel happens domestically, and as the virus spreads within the country, that may soon change.

Nearly 90 Percent of U.S. Travelers Have Yet to Cancel Plans Due to Virus: Skift Research

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White House Will Hold Talks With U.S. Cruise and Airline Executives on Coronavirus Risk

Don't worry, U.S. airlines and cruise ship companies. Demand is dropping like a rock. But Mike Pence is on the case. What could go wrong?

White House Will Hold Talks With U.S. Cruise and Airline Executives on Coronavirus Risk

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U.S. Airlines Await Coronavirus Fallout and 4 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

U.S. airlines have fared far better than their Asian counterparts as coronavirus rages on, but with federal officials warning of an imminent outbreak stateside, the worst is certainly yet to come. Plus, American Airlines cozies up to longtime adversary Qatar Airways in what appears to be a bid to take on Delta.

U.S. Airlines Await Coronavirus Fallout and 4 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

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IAG Says It Won’t Repeat Past Mistakes With Coronavirus Response

Willie Walsh has accumulated decades of experience across the aviation industry, and he's big enough to admit he's made mistakes in the past. The situation looks bleak at the moment, but what happens when the market recovers?

IAG Says It Won’t Repeat Past Mistakes With Coronavirus Response