Delta to add more international flights this fall, next year
Delta Air Lines plans to resume more international flights this fall and next year in a recovery from steep route cuts due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Atlanta-based Delta said the restart of service comes with “the lifting of travel restrictions, potential vaccine availability and the gradual return of demand.” It added that international travel is still slower to return than domestic flying within the United States.
Delta had halted almost all of its international routes due to COVID-19. But in the past couple of months the airline announced the resumption of some service, including weekly flights from Atlanta to Seoul-Incheon in July and service from Atlanta to Tokyo this month.
Starting Oct. 25, Delta plans to ramp up its flights from Atlanta to Tokyo and Seoul, with four flights a week to Tokyo Haneda and at least five flights a week to Seoul-Incheon. That will increase to daily service on each route starting March 28, 2021.
Those flights are among more than 50 overseas flights Delta plans to add to its schedule for next summer from a variety of hubs.
EPA OKs disinfectant spraying on planes by American Airlines
The Environmental Protection Agency gave American Airlines approval Monday to use a disinfectant spray on planes in Texas intended to kill COVID-19 germs as air carriers continue to struggle to bring passengers back to flying.
The EPA said it is giving an emergency exemption for American Airlines to use a product in Texas called SurfaceWise2 made by Dallas-based Allied Bioscience, a spray coating that has been shown to inactivate the COVID-19 virus for up to seven days.
It’s the first time the EPA has given approval for a spray intended to kill the coronavirus for a long period of time, said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a call with reporters Monday.
Allied BioScience makes similar sprays for healthcare settings and has been working to get it approved for COVID-19 since early in the pandemic.
SeaWorld back to full schedule
SeaWorld Orlando theme park and Aquatica water park are returning to a seven-days-per-week operating schedule. The attractions have been gradually increasing their hours since reopening from the coronavirus pandemic in early June.
SeaWorld and Aquatica still will require date-specific reservations be made for all visitors, including annual passholders. Reservation are obtained through SeaWorld’s official website.
The seven-day schedule is set to last through Oct. 5, SeaWorld said, and the attractions will continue to operate with limited capacity and other pandemic-related restrictions, including face coverings and temperature screenings.
The park’s Electric Ocean Remix, which includes the “Light Up the Sky” fireworks, recently was expanded to a Friday, Saturday, Sunday schedule through Sept. 6.
Atlantic City casinos report $112 million loss in 2nd quarter
The coronavirus outbreak sent Atlantic City’s casinos plunging to a $112 million second quarter gross operating loss as the gambling houses remained closed for the entire three-month period, according to figures released Monday by state gambling regulators.
That compares with an operating profit of nearly $160 million in the second quarter of last year.
Only one of the nine casinos — the Golden Nugget — reported an operating profit for the quarter, and that was helped by the market- leading internet gambling operation. The casino made $3.1 million, down nearly 69% from a year earlier when it made more than $10 million.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy ordered the casinos closed on March 16, and did not allow them to begin reopening until July 2. That more than covers the entire second quarter, the months of April, May and June.