Delta extends middle seat blocking policy
Delta Air Lines will extend its policy of blocking middle seats through March 30, the carrier announced Wednesday.Most other major airlines have stopped blocking middle seats, while Southwest Airlines, the second-largest carrier in Atlanta, plans to on Dec. 1. Alaska Airlines has pledged to block middle seats through Jan. 6.That makes Atlanta-based Delta the only U.S. airline blocking middle seats into the spring.Airlines say vertical airflow in the airplane cabin with HEPA filtration, along with mask requirements, help reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19 among passengers. Southwest Airl...
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Airlines to start offering COVID-free flights and testing
Airlines are trying out COVID-free flights to see if they can convince consumers that it’s safe to travel by air. One program has gotten underway, and another will be starting later this month.Q3 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreThe first COVID-free flightCNN reports that the inaugural COVID-free flight was United Airlines flight 14 from Newark to London's Heathrow Airport. The COVID-free flight is the first in a trial by United Airlines that will last four weeks. Under the terms of the trial, passengers and crew must take a COVID-19 test before they board the airplane.The test tak...
Travelers care more about airline safety protocols than cost this holiday season
Consumers planning trips for the upcoming holiday season are putting airline health and safety protocols and flexibility before cost, according to a new survey by The Points Guy.Thirty-one percent of respondents said “strict mask compliance on board” was of the utmost importance, while 10 percent said “airlines following proper cleaning protocols/frequency of aircraft cleaning,” 10 percent said “empty middle seats to distance travelers,” with 6 percent citing “flexible cancellation policies.”Just one in five respondents (21 percent) noted they were “concerned about the price of airfare, rather...