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As airports are packed across the U.S., experts warn of ‘a surge’ of new cases after Thanksgiving

Despite warnings from public health officials not to travel for Thanksgiving, plenty of people are doing just that. Reports are piling in from airports across the country that describe large crowds. While most travelers wear masks, some photos clearly show people without face coverings.

a group of people standing around a bag of luggage: Travelers check in at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va., on Tuesday. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)

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Travelers check in at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va., on Tuesday. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)

Video shared on Twitter from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, in Arizona, shows a packed, standing-room-only airport as people wait at their gates to board flights.

At San Francisco International Airport, people can be seen crowded together in seats with plenty of others standing nearby as they wait to fly out.

In Des Moines, airport officials told the Des Moines Register that they expect a 50 percent increase in normal passenger traffic in the lead-up to Thanksgiving. And CBS Boston shared a video of Logan International Airport of long lines of people waiting to board flights and a packed check-in terminal. 

These reports come just days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged people not to travel for the holiday. “Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19,” the organization says online. “Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.” The CDC also urged would-be travelers to ask themselves serious questions such as whether you or someone in your household is at an increased risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, whether cases are increasing in your community, and whether hospitals in your area are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease doctor, also warned this week about holiday travel, saying during an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation that people who are flying for the holiday “are going to get us into even more trouble than we’re in right now.”

Doctors say this could lead to superspreader events across the country

“Airports have done a lot to try to become safer since the pandemic began, and we haven’t heard about airport-based outbreaks,” Dr. Amesh A. Adalja, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, tells Yahoo Life. But, he says, that was dependent on people following public health recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19, like physical distancing, wearing face masks as much as possible, and practicing good hand hygiene.

“Because Thanksgiving is a push for people to travel, most people who don’t adhere to protocols will be likely to be in airports,” Adalja says. “As a result, we will likely hear of more airport transmission.”

Dr. Richard Watkins, an infectious disease physician in Akron, Ohio,

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Future of travel: architects designing the airports of future

  • The coronavirus pandemic is encouraging architects to imagine the airports of the future as the downturn is opening new opportunities for the industry. 
  • Fentress Architects held a contest among university students to design next-generation airports while Gensler designed an open-concept alternative to the iconic Washington Dulles International Airport terminal. 
  • Individuality is a key tenet with private pods and high-speed transportation modes shuttling passengers to and from airports while simultaneously performing security checks. 
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The coronavirus pandemic has presented the aviation industry with an unprecedented opportunity to reimagine how travelers take to the skies, starting with the airport experience. 

A large reduction in daily passenger numbers has given airports an abundance of time and space to implement new temporary safety features, but the fact remains that airports weren’t built to handle a pandemic. 

Architecture firms Gensler and Fentress Architects are using the downturn in travel to envision what future airports may look like. Gensler recently took up a challenge by Washington Magazine to redesign local public areas while Fentress Architects turned to university students to design the airports of 2100 as part of this year’s Fentress Global Challenge. 

Airport planning is already shifting towards built-in resilience to global health crises, even if it’s too late to mitigate the effects of COVID-19, and airports of the future will need to address the possibility of another pandemic. New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Salt Lake City International Airport both opened new terminals during the pandemic that came complete with plexiglass partitions, hundreds of hand sanitizer stations, and social distancing reminders. 

Take a look at what the future of airports might entail as transportation hubs cope with new safety demands from the public in a pandemic-stricken world. 

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Pandemic Forces Airports And Travel Retailers To Pivot To Domestic Consumers

One of the world’s biggest airport retailers, Gebr Heinemann, and top Asian airport hub, Singapore Changi Airport, have taken steps to widen their retail offers to domestic consumers in order to claw back some of the lost revenue caused by lockdowns and flight restrictions.

At the weekend, Germany-based Heinemann opened a pop-up store in the downtown Central district of Hong Kong, which will be open for a whole year. The outlet will showcase “some fun new brands in a flexible and fresh environment” according to Victor Chan, General Manager at Heinemann Hong Kong.

“This store will allow us to re-open and recover at the airport while managing and mitigating inventory risks,” he said in a social media post. Heinemann has multiple confectionery stores at Hong Kong International Airport where traffic has plummeted. In September passenger numbers were down by 98%, similar to preceding months according to the Civil Aviation Department of the Special Administrative Region of China.

At Heinemann’s headquarters in Hamburg, a company spokesperson told Forbes.com: “We have opened domestic pop-up outlets in Hong Kong to clear inventory—primarily confectionery—and generate revenue for the company during this time of crisis for the entire industry.”

Securing new sales channels is essential”

Could the move be the beginning of a broader diversification into domestic retailing, given that the pandemic is regaining momentum? The spokesperson was clear that Heinemann was “currently” not planning to open downtown pop-up stores in its home market of Germany or elsewhere in Europe.

But in relation to Asia Pacific she said: “We are constantly evaluating new markets and sales channels to drive our business growth in the region—with these plans continually evolving. Nearly every single one of our airport shops has been closed since March due to the pandemic, which has made securing new sales channels essential to our business at this time.”

Dufry, in which Alibaba took a stake this month, has some existing outlet stores but the company told Forbes.com that it has not, so far, opened any new ones in the domestic market in response to the pandemic.

Meanwhile at Singapore Changi—a rival hub to Hong Kong International—the airport’s operator, Changi Airport Group, has developed an e-commerce website called GetIt that is dedicated to Singapore’s domestic consumers.

This is in addition to its existing iShopChangi platform which serves both travelers and non-traveler by offering what it describes as “tax-absorbed shopping without flying.” The site was where South Korean retail giant Lotte Duty Free initially launched its airport liquor contract.

However, GetIt has created tensions for Changi’s retail concessionaires at the airport as well as brands, according to The Moodie Davitt Report. A number of sources have told the site about their concerns which range from parallel procurement to price undercutting.

When contacted by us, a spokesperson at Changi Airport Group, said in a statement: “GetIt

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One in Four European Airports Face Insolvency if Travel Fails to Recover

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Many European airports will struggle to stave off insolvency without state help unless travel recovers from its pandemic slump by the end of the year, according to the continent’s main industry group.

Airports Council International Europe predicts that 193 out of 740 airports in the region will soon struggle to pay their bills while government-imposed quarantine requirements remain in place, according to findings released Tuesday. The airfields in doubt are mainly smaller, regional hubs but still account for about 277,000 jobs, ACI said.

“The figures published today paint a dramatically bleak picture,” Director General Olivier Jankovec said in a statement. “Eight months into the crisis all of Europe’s airports are burning through cash to remain open, with revenues far from covering the costs of operations.”

Airlines and airports are among the companies hardest hit by the pandemic, and both industries are calling for an international testing agreement that prevents passengers from having to isolate for weeks at their destination — a factor that’s putting off many people from traveling. Such a system, which would still require passengers to provide a negative test before departure, could reopen lucrative transatlantic routes and is soon set to reconnect Hong Kong and Singapore.

“Governments’ current imposition of quarantines rather than testing is bringing Europe’s airports closer to the brink with every day that passes,” Jankovec said.

European passenger numbers fell 73% year-on-year in September, meaning the region has lost 1.29 billion travelers since January.

In Germany, Europe’s largest economy, Paderborn airport has already filed for insolvency after passenger numbers fell 85%.

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Nearly 200 airports in UK and Europe could go bust due to collapse in air travel

Nearly 200 airports across the UK and Europe are at risk of going bust within months due to the dramatic collapse in air travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the European airports trade body warned on Tuesday.

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Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe), which represents airport operators, said it estimated that 193 out of Europe’s 740 commercial airports face “insolvency in the coming months if passenger traffic does not start to recover by the year-end”.

The trade body said the at risk airports employ 277,000 people and generate collective annual revenues of €12.4bn (£11.2bn).

Olivier Jankovec, director general of ACI Europe, said the figures “paint a dramatically bleak picture” for the future of the aviation industry, which has already suffered tens of thousands of job losses.

“Eight months into the crisis, all of Europe’s airports are burning through cash to remain open, with revenues far from covering the costs of operations, let alone capital costs,” Jankovec said. “Governments’ current imposition of quarantines rather than testing is bringing Europe’s airports closer to the brink with every day that passes.”

a man holding a sign: The CAA is reported to have warned Heathrow’s owners that it could be nationalised if it doesn’t get new funds.

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The CAA is reported to have warned Heathrow’s owners that it could be nationalised if it doesn’t get new funds.

“In the midst of a second wave, ensuring safe air travel continues to be our primary concern. It’s crucial that we reduce the risks of importation and dissemination as much as possible. But surely we can do a much better job of reducing those risks by testing air passengers rather than with quarantines that cannot be enforced.”

A spokeswoman for ACI Europe said the organisation would not name the airports at risk for fear of sparking panic among employees and travellers. However, she said most of the airports at greatest risk were small regional airports, which have seen the sharpest declines in passenger numbers. Airports across mainland Europe and all home nations in the UK are thought to be included on the list.

Passenger numbers at Europe’s airports in September fell by 75% compared to the same month year earlier. ACI Europe said total “lost passengers” since the pandemic began now stands at 1.3 billion.

While smaller airports are most at risk, ACI said “larger European airports and hubs are not immune from the critical financial risk”.

“They have cut costs to the bone and have resorted to the financial markets to shore up balance sheets and build emergency war chests. This sudden increase in debt – an additional €16bn for the top 20 European airports – is equivalent to nearly 60% of their revenues in a normal year. This, along with the fact that these airports had to make thousands of highly skilled workers redundant, clearly jeopardises their future.”

The UK’s aviation regulator is reported to have warned the owners of Heathrow that it could be nationalised if they do not provide fresh funding to help it weather the pandemic.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that without emergency

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A lack of common travel protocols could cost the world trillions of dollars, Dubai Airports CEO says

  • Countries still have not agreed on quarantine, testing and travel protocols.
  • This could cost the global economy trillions of dollars, according to Paul Griffiths of Dubai Airports.
  • He also said governments were not focused on the economic and social benefits of managing the virus in a practical way.

Countries have not yet come to a consensus on how to safely restart travel amid the coronavirus crisis, and this could cost the global economy trillions of dollars, according to the chief executive of Dubai Airports.


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“We don’t have an agreed testing procedure for a reliable, accurate and scalable test, and that needs to happen,” Paul Griffiths told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble on Monday.

“Secondly, there’s no harmonization between the control measures and the need to have a quarantine regime that is both effective and non-intrusive,” he said. Dubai Airports owns Dubai International and Dubai World Central Airports in the United Arab Emirates.

The aviation industry has been hammered by the outbreak of the coronavirus, with air travel coming close to a complete halt as countries closed borders to slow the spread of the virus.

Some markets have since reopened, but with differing measures in place.

The coordination of three things — testing, travel protocol and quarantines — is the “essential next step to be able to get the world moving again,” Griffiths said.

“The big problem at the moment is globally, governments are looking at risk elimination,” he said. “My view is, we’re never going to get there.”

Instead, he added, countries should be managing risk and striking a balance between safety and kick-starting the global economy.

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A tourist walks through the terminal 3 of Dubai airport in the United Arab Emirates on July 8, 2020.

Griffiths said governments were not focused on the economic and social benefits of managing the virus in a practical way. “That needs to change if we are going to get anywhere with getting back to some form of normal life which we are all desperate to achieve.”

Asked about the cost to the global economy if travel remains in limbo, he said: “I think we’re running into tens of trillions of dollars already.”

On the other hand, the global price tag for rectifying the situation is “just tiny” by comparison, he added.

“If we could get a group of likeminded people together to harmonize those three simple steps of a proper harmonized quarantine, testing and travel protocol, and just agree what their standards are … you are talking a fraction of the damage that’s being done to the economy globally,” Griffiths said.

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Expect more traffic on the road, at airports


Are you flying for the first time since the pandemic began? Here are a few steps you can take in advance to ensure you don’t get stuck at the airport.


The holiday travel season is typically the busiest time of the year. 

But, this year, the COVID-19 pandemic combined with travel restrictions — both domestic and international — have complicated things. So, what will this 2020 holiday travel season look like?

Here’s some predictions from top travel experts:

Travel increase

Travel expert Amanda Norcross expects an uptick in travel this holiday season, despite less people traveling overall. “Many will be traveling to see family and friends for the first time since quarantine began, and are likely to score lower airfares as cash-strapped airlines compete to offer the best deals,” says Norcross.

Hopper’s new Holiday Travel Confidence Report also suggests an increase in travel is likely. According to a poll, 39% say they plan to travel during the holidays this year. However, 21% have said they do not plan to travel, though in a typical year, they would. About 50% plan to fly over Thanksgiving and 75% say they will for the December holidays. 

How 2020 and COVID-19 changed travel forever:  And what that means for you

More traffic

When it comes to road travel, the American Automobile Association (AAA) is the go-to source for data. The association typically releases its travel forecasts for the Thanksgiving and year-end holidays in November and December, respectively. A spokesperson at AAA says given the implications of COVID, it is difficult to make any estimations at this point of what travel around the holidays will look like this year.

AAA says the summer travel forecast may be the best guide at this point. This summer, Americans were expected to take more than 700 million trips from July through September, a decline of 15% compared to last year.

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RVShare.com, a site for renting recreational vehicles, anticipates a rise in bookings this November and December, as more travelers may opt to hit the roads. While the weather will be much colder in some parts of the country, the RV and camping boom will likely continue.

”More than half of travelers (in a recent poll) said they would consider renting an RV to visit family and stay in a family member’s driveway or nearby campground to social distance,” says RVShare Spokesperson Maddi Bourgerie.

Cruise lines unclear

When it comes to cruising this holiday, no one really knows. As of right now, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s  no-sail order continues till Nov. 1, and there’s no telling whether the CDC will extend it beyond that date.

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Money-back cancellations

InsureMyTrip data shows that while overall travel is down for the holidays, travel insurance remains in demand. According to a recent customer survey, roughly 90% of customers are highly interested in coverage in the

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