Southwest Puts Summer Flights on Sale Through June 12

Southwest Airlines is giving travelers the “freedom to hope, plan and dream” during its month-long sale on summer travel within the continental United States featuring one-way fares as low as $49.

The low-cost carrier’s latest nationwide sale is available for bookings from now until June 12 at 11:59 p.m. CT for travel between May 26 and August 31, 2020.

Like Southwest’s previous sales, the discounted fares require 14-day advance purchase and travel is not valid on Fridays and Sundays, except as otherwise specified.

One-way fares range from $49 to $99. For example, travelers can fly from Chicago to Nashville for under $100 roundtrip or from Atlanta to Los Angeles for less than $200 roundtrip.

With travel restricted and many places keeping their borders closed to combat the spread of COVID-19, many Americans will be limited to planning for domestic destinations this summer, including popular beaches, theme parks and national parks.

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Domestic flights begin returning to the skies in Asia

Amid the global Covid-19 pandemic, people around the world are wondering when life will return to “normal.” 

a red and white plane sitting on the tarmac of an airport runway: To go with AFP story Indonesia-Malaysia-Singapore-aviation-AirAsia-company,FOCUS by Satish Cheney  This photo taken on January 10, 2015 shows AirAsia passenger planes parked on the tarmac at the low-cost carrier Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) in Sepang. Until Flight QZ8501 went down everything had gone right during a spectacular 13-year run of success for AirAsia, which unlocked a booming market of budget travellers in the region. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN    (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The word normal is, of course, relative, but a spate of domestic flight routes slowly opening up in Asia and the Pacific give clues into what the aviation industry could look like in the weeks and months ahead.

China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Australia are among the countries set to resume or increase domestic flights as the virus wanes.

That said, don’t book your summer vacation just yet.

Many of these flights are government subsidized and solely for the purpose of transporting cargo. Though some are open to public bookings, others will only issue tickets to emergency personnel or essential workers who need to get around.

Think of these flights as a dress rehearsal for a gradual re-upping of the aviation industry.

Budget carrier AirAsia is one of the airlines ramping up their flight schedule. They restarted domestic flights in Malaysia on April 29 and their affiliates will be adding Thailand (May 1), India (May 4), Indonesia (May 7), and the Philippines (May 16) to their roster barring any government issues.

Meanwhile, Qantas has resumed some domestic flights between major cities in Australia, with the caveat that these are part of the “minimum domestic and regional network” underwritten by the national government.

“Melbourne to Sydney is the second busiest [air] route in the world,” a Qantas spokesman explains. “Normally we do a five flights an hour, and now we’re doing seven per week.”

Currently, these flights are reserved for emergency personnel and private citizens cannot purchase tickets. But they are keeping planes in the sky and pilots in practice, both of which are important steps toward bringing the airline back to full service.

“These are not commercially viable. We’re still way off from unrestricted travel between states in Australia,” the spokesman continues, noting that Qantas estimates leisure flights between Australian states will likely resume mid-June.

In Thailand, some low-cost airlines announced they will resume domestic flights from May 1 following a temporary suspension. 

In Vietnam, domestic flights are being run by VietJet, Bamboo Airways and Jetstar. As of April 23, there were 20 flights a day between the country’s two largest cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Social distancing regulations require at least one empty seat between passengers, so none of the flights are operating at full capacity.

According to local media, certain tourist hotspots in Vietnam have received the green light to again welcome domestic visitors. This has much to do with Vietnam’s quick response to the coronavirus crisis. The country has only logged 268 infections and zero deaths.

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Spirit halts flights to NY NJ Conn coronavirus

Spirit Airlines is temporarily suspending all service in New York,
New Jersey and Connecticut as those states are under a domestic travel

Service to New York LaGuardia; Newark; Hartford, Conn.;
Niagara Falls, N.Y.; and Plattsburgh, N.Y.; are being drawn down through
Wednesday. The carrier expects the suspension to last through at least May 4. 

Individuals booked on an impacted flight will be emailed
about rebooking options, Spirit said. 

On Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
issued an advisory that urged residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut
to refrain from all but essential travel for 14 days.

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