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Latest analysis: Coronavirus impact on travel 9x worse than 9/11

The travel industry has lost a full third of all the jobs lost in the U.S. and is experiencing a total impact from coronavirus that is nine times greater than the 9/11 attacks, according to new data released by the U.S. Travel Association and the analytics firm Tourism Economics. By the end of April, declines in travel will cause eight million jobs to be lost out of approximately 24 million for the entire U.S. economy, according to the report.



American Airlines announces additional schedule changes in response to customer demand related to COVID-19

American Airlines Group Inc. yesterday announced additional adjustments to its schedule in response to decreased travel demand due to COVID-19. The company plans to reduce international capacity for the summer season by 34% versus the previous selling schedule, including a 50% reduction in April trans-Atlantic capacity, reduce service to South America, including a suspension of flights to Argentina.


Brand USA and MacGillivray Freeman Films release "Into America’s Wild"

The new 3D documentary for exhibition in IMAX® and giant-screen theaters will take viewers on an incredible journey through the nation’s most iconic wilderness areas. Produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films in association with Brand USA along with presenting sponsors, Expedia and United Airlines, this film showcases the diversity of the United States’ natural and urban wonders.



American Airlines launches customer flights aboard newest fleet type

American Airlines introduced customers to its new Airbus A321neo today, welcoming its newest aircraft into the youngest fleet among U.S. network airlines. The first flight was American Flight 682 from Phoenix (PHX) to Orlando, Florida (MCO). Other routes will be added this year as additional A321neos join the fleet.



American Airlines and British Airways to unify operations at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport

American Airlines, British Airways, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced future plans to co-locate in 2022 their operations in New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). American and British Airways will invest $344 million in Terminal 8 over the next three years.



Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB welcomes Gabriel Martinez to tourism sales team

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB) announced last week the appointment of Gabriel E. Martinez to the Tourism Sales Team as the new Senior Manager of International Tourism Sales. In his new role, he will be overseeing the development of the international market. Most recently, Martinez served as Senior Manager of International Sales and Marketing at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment for six years.