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Pandemic turns summer into European tourism’s leanest season

BRUGES, Belgium – Bruges mayor Dirk De fauw first realized something was desperately wrong with European tourism when on a brisk March morning he crossed the Burg square in front of the Goth...

United plans to furlough 16,000 workers, fewer than expected

United Airlines said Wednesday it plans to furlough 16,370 employees in October, a smaller number than the airline predicted in July because thousands of workers agreed to leave with the tra...

United says it will drop widely scorned ticket-change fees

United Airlines says it listened to customers and is dropping an unpopular $200 fee for most people who change a ticket for travel within the United States. “When we hear from cus...

No vacancy: Amid pandemic, motels stage a major comeback

Motels, those oft-neglected one-story destinations typically spurned by affluent travelers, are having an upswing. They can thank COVID-19. Road trippers and travelers seeking to ...

Returning vacationers drive Italy’s surge in COVID-19 cases

ROME – With thousands of travelers being tested at Italy’s airports and some ports, the nation where Europe’s COVID-19 outbreak began registered a seventh straight day of increasing new infe...

Virus pandemic reshapes air travel

Carriers struggle to convince skeptical consumers flying is safe

Returning vacationers face new constraints as virus spikes

PARIS – Countries that had seen a summer respite from coronavirus outbreaks tracked swiftly rising numbers of new confirmed cases Monday, prompting fears among government leaders and health ...

Touristy Taos sees out-of-staters despite virus rules

Visitors who fail to follow health rules anger residents

American considering cutting flights to many smaller cities

DALLAS – American Airlines is planning to drop flights to up to 30 smaller U.S. cities if a federal requirement to continue those flights expires at the end of next month, an airline executi...

Air traffic is down, gun seizures up at U.S. airports

DALLAS – With air traffic nearing a five-month high, airport security is finding guns in passenger carry-on bags at three times the rate recorded before the pandemic. And 80% of t...

Wave of boat buyers seek recreation, safety during pandemic

YARMOUTH, Maine – Brandon Mitchell had big plans to visit family in Michigan and take his wife and three kids to Disney World. The pandemic put those plans on ice. So they bought ...

Road trip? Quarantines mess with Americans’ travel plans

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Families trying to squeeze in a summer vacation before school starts better do some homework on COVID-19 restrictions before loading up the minivan. The web...
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