After 39 years and more than 30,000 hours in the air, a pioneering female pilot retires
PHILADELPHIA — Capt. Pati Marsh pulled the American Airlines Airbus 330 into the gate at Philadelphia International Airport 10 minutes early, having just arrived from Madrid. On any other day, the smooth landing would not have been memorable to Marsh. But this one was very special.After 39 years of flights to 18 countries and 44 states, of furloughs and airline mergers, 30,000-plus hours in the air, one dramatic emergency landing, and a “really big” comfort pig as a passenger, Marsh was retiring.Not out of choice, but because she’s out of time. She has reached the FAA-mandated retirement age o...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Airports, PATH ridership takes a huge hit from coronavirus. Changes coming to schedules.
Port Authority of New York and New Jerseyofficials are considering reducing PATH rail service and finding ways to better run the metro area’s airports after the coronavirusdecimated rail ridership and air travel this month.Daily passenger volume at the metro area airports run by the authority dropped by 85%, and weekday PATH rail ridership dropped 90%, when compared to March 2019 levels, said Rick Cotton, executive director on Thursday.Vehicular traffic at the six bridges and tunnels is down by 50%, but the amount of daily truck traffic is only down 20%, which is seen as an effort to improve t...
Love of travel in the time of coronavirus: Why I kept going
“Don’t you ever stay home?”I get the same question from my mother whenever I tell her I’m traveling that weekend (which is often). She herself is by no means a shut-in, having cruised the Nile on a barge and hiked ancient footpaths in the Andes, but the sheer frequency of my travel is what unnerves her.Some travelers are exhausted by travel, and need time in between trips to recover, while others are energized by it. Me? I’m an introvert and like my “alone” time, but when it comes to travel my appetite has few boundaries.So in the midst of (quite legitimate) concerns about coronavirus, I took ...
Jets at 3 NY-area airports grounded briefly due to virus exposure of airport staffers
NEW YORK — The Federal Aviation Authority temporarily suspended flights coming out of New York City’s three regional airports Saturday afternoon over concerns of virus exposures to staff, authorities said.Philadelphia airports were also temporarily closed because of virus-related staffing issues, according to the Associated Press.The grounding was called after an air traffic controller trainee at the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., tested positive for COVID-19. Operations were shut down and all planes were ordered grounded so the areas where the trainee worked co...
New York Daily News
Cruise ship with possibly ill passengers lands in Atlanta; some travelers allowed to head home
ATLANTA — At least 300 cruise ship passengers who had been stranded at sea due to the coronavirus were flown to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Friday. But it wasn’t known late Friday whether any of those passengers would be quarantined or allowed to travel home.Several people aboard the Costa Luminosa, owned by the Miami-based Carnival Corp., reportedly had coronavirus-related symptoms. But the ship was prohibited from stopping in ports due to the pandemic.Of the 359 on the plane, three passengers tested positive for the coronavirus but have no symptoms, according to Geo...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Commentary: For an immigrant with a mum far away overseas, O'Hare Airport is no longer a lifeline
Most people I know hate Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. For me, that chaotic place at the end of the Kennedy Expressway has always been a source of deep comfort.If anything were to go wrong with my independent, 96-year-old mum in Great Britain, I’ve told myself since moving to Chicago 30 years ago, I can be at her side tomorrow morning. In fact, being as American Airlines has long maintained a daytime flight from Chicago to London, I could probably be there that very night. I always keep 50,000 miles on reserve from my credit-card bonus for just that eventuality.For years, I’ve known t...
Puerto Rico seeks to suspend all incoming flights to battle COVID-19 spread
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico is asking U.S. authorities to suspend all domestic and international flights for 14 days as it hopes to further lock down the island to contain the spread of the coronavirus.In a statement Wednesday, Gov. Wanda Vazquez said she made the request to Federal Aviation Administrator Stephen Marshall.In the letter, she also asked the FAA to close all airports where local authorities aren’t screening incoming passengers, limit the airstrips where charter planes can land and allow the island to limit all air traffic except for vital services and the military.“Each o...
Dahleen Glanton: At the airports, a clear view of Trump's inept handling of coronavirus crisis
In Spain, the number of coronavirus cases soared to nearly 8,000 last week.On Thursday, one of my friends boarded a plane in Madrid, and 10 hours later walked out of the airport in Chicago without being asked a single question.No one tried to take her temperature. No one asked if she’d experienced any coronavirus symptoms. No one wanted to know if she’d had contact with someone who is sick.If they had, she would have told them that she’d been in a hospital emergency room getting a checkup two days before she left Spain. In the waiting room, people were so sick that they were slumped over in ch...
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to Trump: 'No one has time for your incompetence' over O'Hare crowding as customs struggles to keep up with influx of international passengers
CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Aviation addressed the wait times for international travelers returning to O’Hare International Airport during a news conference Sunday, held hours after Gov. J.B. Pritzker appeared on “Meet the Press,” where he discussed the same topic.“Today’s going to be another tough day,” Lightfoot said during a news conference from O’Hare’s Terminal 5, the international terminal of the busiest airport in the world. Lightfoot blasted the federal government for what she said was a lack of preparedness.“That fail is directly the cause of last nigh...
Ira Winderman: No brooms for Heat, or Round 2 of Butler vs. Warren
MIAMI — The team flight typically would leave Miami International Airport at 3:30 p.m. In this case, on Sunday, the destination would have been Milwaukee, for the start of a three-game trip.It arguably could have been one of the most intriguing trips of the season, going for a sweep against the Bucks at the start and then Jimmy Butler-T.J. Warren Round 2 at the end, with the previous meeting in Indiana showing that kiss didn’t always mean make up.These are the types of stories that now — at least until the NBA shutdown is/if lifted — will go untold.And there were ample stories still to be told...