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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 Gothic city...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

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 travel...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

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 customers about where...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

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 avoid elevators,...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

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 infections...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Virus pandemic reshapes air travel

In a bid to survive, airlines are desperately trying to convince a wary public that measures like mandatory face masks and hospital-grade air filters make sitting in a plane safer than many other...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

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...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Touristy Taos sees out-of-staters despite virus rules

TAOS, N.M. (AP) – Those living in and around Taos all appear to be doing the same thing – examining the license plates of out-of-state tourists. They come from all over, from as nearby as Arizona...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

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 executive...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

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 the guns are...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

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 a boat instead....

DATE: Aug. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

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 of state and...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

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