Chicago adding COVID-19 testing facilities at O'Hare and Midway airports next month
The Chicago Department of Aviation is planning to add COVID-19 testing facilities at O’Hare and Midway airports by next month for travelers and employees.The city announced a request for proposal Friday for drive-up and walk-up facilities, with both the rapid and PCR tests offered. The tests are not free but should be covered by insurance.“We believe it will be the most comprehensive testing system of any airports in the U.S.,” said Chicago Department of Aviation spokesman Matt McGrath.At O’Hare International Airport, the plan calls for a drive-up testing site in a remote parking lot on the no...
Why US airlines are eager to fly Boeing's upgraded 737 Max
SEATTLE — Though Boeing’s 737 Max will return to service at a bleak moment in the airline industry when the pandemic has dried up demand, some carriers want the plane flying again as soon as possible.The first to fly will be American Airlines, which has scheduled a Max round-trip flight from Miami to New York’s La Guardia airport for Dec. 29.According to an internal memo sent Sunday to Alaska Airlines pilots, the Seattle-based carrier plans to take its first 737-9 Max delivery early next year and start flying it in service by the end of March.United Airlines expects to schedule flights on the ...
The Seattle Times
Soldiers camp out at Va. airport waiting for flights home. This holiday season, officials are worried
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — It’s a Peninsula tradition — several hundred soldiers camping out, sometimes for days, at the Newport News airport, waiting for flight home for the holidays — and it’s got people around the facility worried.“I’m concerned there won’t be enough flights,” said Diane Fry, director of the USO office at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, as she pauses to talk about how volunteers traditionally pitch in with meals, treats, entertainment and visits for soldiers as they wait.Mike Giardino, the airport’s executive director, is even blunter:“We just don’t have enough se...
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
Cuomo to deploy National Guard troops to NY airports for COVID-19 enforcement as infection rate rises
NEW YORK — National Guard troops will be deployed to New York airports to make sure arriving travelers have proof of recently testing negative for COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.The deployment follows a sweeping new entry test policy announced a week ago after the Empire State abandoned its travel advisory that mandated travelers from coronavirus hotspots quarantine for two weeks.“I want people to know we’re serious,” the governor said during a conference call with reporters. “You should not land if you do not have proof of a negative test upon landing,”Airlines, the NYPD and the Port...
New York Daily News
Delta launches cargo-only flights to Europe, India
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines says it now operates cargo-only flights from Atlanta and New York to Mumbai.The flights, on Airbus A330 jets, go through Frankfurt.The new cargo routes come as the airline continues to shift its focus because of slow demand for international passenger travel due to the coronavirus pandemic. The airline now operates an average of more than 20 cargo-only flights a week and has run more than 1,600 cargo charter flights since February.Delta is also operating three cargo flights a week between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Dublin. The planes are ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Cuba sees 'new normal' in pandemic, and will open some airports for tourist flights
Cuba has announced a series of new openings on the way to a coronavirus “new normal,” including reopening some airports to international tourist flights.Prime Minister Manuel Marrero this week unveiled a three-step plan to “move toward a new normal” and mitigate the economic impact on the island of the COVID-19 crisis and U.S. sanctions.The provinces where airports will be reopened to international flights starting Monday will be Pinar del Río, Artemisa, Mayabeque, Matanzas, Villa Clara, Cienfuegos, Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguín, Granma, Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo. The government said Hava...
1 injured after Atlanta parking deck collapses again
ATLANTA — One person was injured Saturday after an Atlanta parking garage collapsed for the second day in a row, officials said.Crews responded to the deck at the intersection of West Peachtree Street and Linden Avenue in Midtown shortly after 1 p.m., Atlanta police spokeswoman Marla Jean Rooker told AJC.com.One person was trapped in the collapse, officials said. They were rescued and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with leg injuries.“We believe there was only one person injured,” Rooker said. “Everybody else is accounted for.”The deck, which is under construction, also collapsed Friday, inju...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Spirit Airlines plans to offer contact-free bag dropoff using biometric face scan at O'Hare
Spirit Airlines has a new automated bag dropoff system at O’Hare International Airport that the airline says will eventually let travelers deposit checked bags without interacting with an employee.The system, which needs approval from the Transportation Security Administration, will allow passengers to scan their ID at a kiosk attached to a conveyor belt. The system will compare the ID to a facial scan and, if there’s a match, instruct the traveler to put their bags on the belt to be loaded on the plane.The airline began testing automated checked bag drop-off units in New York earlier this yea...
Par Funding threatened violence, trashed reputations after businesses took out loans at brutal interest rates, borrowers say
When two beefy men cornered Dwayne Stewart in a Wawa parking lot in Pennsauken, N.J. last year, he was worried. But he never dreamed it could be related to his business loan.In 2019, he and his partner had borrowed roughly $50,000 from a Philadelphia cash-advance lender, Par Funding, to keep their small transportation business afloat.When the lender said they fell behind in payment, the firm declared them in default and unexpectedly froze $29,000 in his partner’s business bank account. Sums of $200 to $300 a day began disappearing from Stewart’s own accounts, withdrawn by Par Funding without h...
The Philadelphia Inquirer