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10 Cruise Ships Are Still Unable to Dock as Ports Fear Coronavirus

10 Cruise Ships Are Still Unable to Dock as Ports Fear Coronavirus

Erin McCormick, The Guardian

Ship that together carry almost 10,000 passengers are stranded at sea after their destinations are refusing them entry. The sailings generally took place before March 8, when the U.S. and some other nations began advising people to avoid taking cruises. A difficult situation all around.

24 hours ago

Singapore Airlines Secures Record $13 Billion Funding Lifeline

Singapore Airlines Secures Record $13 Billion Funding Lifeline

Jamie Freed and Anshuman Daga, Reuters

Many carriers will be looking on enviously at this record bailout. Singapore Airlines not only gets to survive the crisis, but is also primed to come out stronger on the other side.

1 day ago

Will It Matter for U.S. Airlines With the Government as a Shareholder?

Will It Matter for U.S. Airlines With the Government as a Shareholder?

Brian Sumers, Skift

Given the circumstances, U.S. airlines are getting good terms from their proposed government bailout. They should be grateful.

2 days ago

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Executive Q&A: How Singapore Airlines is Staying Committed to Sustainability

Executive Q&A: How Singapore Airlines is Staying Committed to Sustainability

Singapore Airlines + Skift

The fact remains that flights are bad news for the environment. But Singapore Airlines is innovating rapidly to ensure cleaner skies.

1 month ago

UK Airlines Demand Tax Breaks After Government Rules Out Financial Support

UK Airlines Demand Tax Breaks After Government Rules Out Financial Support

Sarah Young, Reuters

The major airlines are desperate for a break, but with a government that assumes they've deep pockets, their calls for help will likely fall on deaf ears.

2 days ago

JSX CEO: What We Are in Business to Do Has Disappeared

JSX CEO: What We Are in Business to Do Has Disappeared

Brian Sumers, Skift

Aviation has never faced a crisis as severe as the current one. Unfortunately, it may be a long time before the industry recovers.

3 days ago

The Case for Shutting Down U.S. Airlines Now

The Case for Shutting Down U.S. Airlines Now

Brian Sumers, Skift

People are being told to stay in their homes in many areas of the United States. Schools are closed. Is it the right time to be flying?

4 days ago

How the Italian Government Plans to Rebuild Alitalia

How the Italian Government Plans to Rebuild Alitalia

Francesca Landini and Giuseppe Fonte, Reuters

Given the years of struggle it would be amazing if Alitalia manages to outlast some of its better-funded European rivals. The Italian government clearly thinks the carrier has a viable future in the post-coronavirus world.

4 days ago

Norwegian Air Secures Initial $26.6 Million From Government Rescue Package

Norwegian Air Secures Initial $26.6 Million From Government Rescue Package

Reuters

There'll need to be much more money where this comes from if Norwegian is to survive the coronavirus crisis.

4 days ago

Why Lawmakers Are So Uneasy About Giving the Cruise Industry a Bailout

Why Lawmakers Are So Uneasy About Giving the Cruise Industry a Bailout

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Corporate bailouts are never popular with the average voter. But bailing out the cruise industry — which goes out of its way to avoid paying U.S. federal taxes — is proving a particularly hard case to make as the travel industry appeals to Congress for help.

5 days ago

India to Stop Domestic Flights and Suspends Rail Service

India to Stop Domestic Flights and Suspends Rail Service

Sanjeev Miglani and Aditi Shah, Reuters

While India had only eight confirmed deaths from coronavirus as of Monday, experts warn that a jump in cases is likely soon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government ordered a shutdown of domestic flights. Rail travel is already suspended. The economic pain will be fierce.

5 days ago

Richard Branson Pledges $250 Million to Help Virgin Companies Battle Coronavirus

Richard Branson Pledges $250 Million to Help Virgin Companies Battle Coronavirus

Reuters

The $250 million pledge sounds like a lot of money, but in this situation probably isn't. It'll also be interesting to see what form the investment actually takes.

5 days ago