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TPG exclusive: Southwest CEO Gary Kelly chats about his legacy, new cities and change fees

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly ttalked about his airline's response, new cities and other industry topics during an exclusive interview with TPG. → Read More

White House ending airport COVID screening, reports say; more international flights coming?

Overseas flights could be returning to more U.S. airports following reports that the government is set to ease coronavirus-related restrictions on passengers arriving from abroad. → Read More

Alaska Airlines puts Wyoming on its route map, adds 3 routes to Jackson Hole

Another airline is turning to the great outdoors to flesh out its route map during the coronavirus pandemic. The latest is Alaska Airlines, which will launch three routes to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. → Read More

Allegiant Air adds 7 new routes to destinations in Florida, California, Arizona and Colorado

Allegiant Air announced seven new routes this fall, adding seasonal connections to destinations in Florida, California and Colorado. Introductory fares begin at $29 one way on some of the routes. → Read More

American Airlines to layoff 19,000 workers when federal aid ends

American Airlines will layoff 19,000 workers in October as federal payroll aid expires. “Today is the hardest message we have had to share so far – the announcement of involuntary staffing reductions effective Oct. 1,” American CEO Parker and president Robert Isom said in the memo. → Read More

Eastern Airlines adds new route to Mexico, will go up against United

United or Eastern? That decision only sounds like a throwback to the 1980s. Instead, it will be the choice for New Yorkers looking for nonstop flights to Los Cabos, Mexico this winter. → Read More

Delta to screen flyers' temperatures as part of test at LAX

Delta passengers, be prepared for the airline to check your temperature if you’re flying out of Los Angeles (LAX) during the next few weeks. → Read More

Did Virgin Atlantic really file for bankruptcy? Not entirely…

Don't believe all the headlines you've been reading about a Virgin Atlantic bankruptcy. → Read More

JetBlue to trial 'GermFalcon' ultraviolet light cleaning device

JetBlue says it will test a new ultraviolet disinfecting tool as the airline industry continues its battle to convince the traveling public that it’s safe to fly. → Read More

American, JetBlue jolt industry with plans for Northeast alliance

American and JetBlue are forming an “alliance” in the Northeast that promises to shake up competition in two of the East Coast’s biggest travel markets. → Read More

Flying to New York from a hot spot? Provide contact info or risk $2,000 fine

Flying to New York from a coronavirus hot spot? Then be ready to provide your contact information or face a penalty of up to $2,000 for not doing so. → Read More

American drops 19 long-haul routes; cuts in LAX, adds in Seattle

Los Angeles is down. Dallas Fort/Worth and Seattle are up. And American Airlines’ first-ever service to Africa will have to wait. → Read More

Southwest flash sale drops round-trip fares below $80 on short routes

The sale fares begin at $39 each way, typically on Southwest's shortest nonstop routes. But longer routes are on sale too. → Read More

American to reopen lounges, add flights to Florida, Rockies as flyers return

Maybe the summer travel season won’t be quite as bad as first expected at American Airlines. The carrier will add more flights to its July schedule than it had originally planned and will begin reopening its Admirals Club frequent-flyer lounges at some of its airports. → Read More

How US airports are using robots, new technology to prepare for travelers to return

Air travel has dropped by over 90% due to the coronavirus, but airports across the country are leaning into new technologies and procedures to prepare for the hopeful return of air travelers. → Read More

Budget airline becomes first US carrier to say it will screen flyers' temperatures

The Denver-based carrier announced the move on Thursday, saying it would begin June 1. From that point forward, anyone with a temperature exceeding 100.4F will be denied boarding. → Read More

Southwest CEO urges TSA to add temperature scans to screening checks

"We're urging the TSA ... to begin temperature scans as part of the screening process at the checkpoints,'' Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said on Wednesday. → Read More

For the first time in 8 weeks, more flights take to the skies globally

Global air passenger traffic may have hit rock bottom and be on the way to recovery, even if it’s an incredibly modest one. → Read More

New economy class airplane seats for the coronavirus era?

One aircraft seat manufacturer rolled out new designs - including the 'Janus' seat - for economy seating that it believes could help carriers adjust to flying in the age of coronavirus. → Read More

The hidden costs of saying goodbye to the middle seat

Though travelers may demand more space in the weeks and months following the coronavirus pandemic, that extra elbow room could cause ticket prices to soar. → Read More