We’re halfway through July.
Here’s the latest safe travel news amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researcher has published a new study that finds blocking middle seats on flights could cut the likelihood of passengers transmitting COVID-19 on board by half.
While questions remain over whether proper social distancing is possible on board an airplane, Alaska Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, and Southwest are committed to blocking middle seats through at least September 2020 (Alaska through September 8, the others through September 30).
Americans are technically allowed to travel to 25+ international destinations though the U.S. Department of State advises against it. Some countries require a negative COVID-19 test just before or upon arrival. Others require you to quarantine.
Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson tells Forbes about the future of hospitality in a comprehensive interview.
Insights: travelers who refuse to wear masks are hurting the industry overall as they threaten the comfort levels of those who want to travel safely.
And though a full hotel industry recovery isn’t likely this year or next, when travel finally returns it’s possible it comes back strong due to pent-up demand.
Delta Air Lines posted a $5.7 billion loss last quarter as the pandemic slowed air travel to almost nothing.
While US airlines hoped for a recovery over the summer, Delta CEO Ed Bastian says “growth has stalled” given the current rise in COVID-19 cases across many US states.
Richard Branson secured a £1.2 billion ($1.5 billion) rescue deal for Virgin Atlantic, as it prepares to resume passenger flights.
The airline will recapitalize over the next 18 months under the support of existing shareholders and creditors as well as new investors.
Kenya remains closed to international visitors until August 1, but resumes domestic flights on July 15 at reduced frequency between Nairobi (NBO) and Kisumu (KIS) + Nairobi and Mombasa (MBA).