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Delta Air Lines to keep middle flight seats free through March 2021


Delta Air Lines announced on Wednesday that it will continue to block access to middle seats on flights through the end of March next year.  

Delta said that the move to extend the order – first set to January in August – came as ‘medical experts agree on the safety of air travel.’

The move to continue blocking seats until March 30, 2021, will provide ‘added confidence and reassurance for customers booking future travel plans, the airline boasted. 

In a press release, Delta said that the move to extend the order - first set to January in August - came as 'medical experts agree on the safety of air travel'

In a press release, Delta said that the move to extend the order – first set to January in August – came as ‘medical experts agree on the safety of air travel’

‘Several independent studies have validated the effectiveness of the Delta CareStandard’s multi-layered protection, like advanced ventilation and an extensive cleaning regimen, which together significantly reduce the risk of flight-related transmission,’ Bill Lentsch, Chief Customer Experience Officer for Delta, said in the release.

‘However, we recognize some customers are still learning to live with this virus and desire extra space for their peace of mind. We are listening and will always take the appropriate steps to ensure our customers have complete confidence in their travel with us.’

The news from Delta comes as American Airlines said that it will halting a large number of it flights from major US airports to London in December as demand plummets due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Seats will continue to be blocked until March 30, 2021

Seats will continue to be blocked until March 30, 2021

The news from Delta comes as American Airlines said that it will halting a large number of it flights from major US airports to London in Decembe

The news from Delta comes as American Airlines said that it will halting a large number of it flights from major US airports to London in Decembe

The airline said that it will be halting its passenger service flights to London’s Heathrow Airport from New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and North Carolina’s Charlotte Douglas International Airport, throughout the month of December due to falling demand as coronavirus cases soar in both countries.

American Airlines said that it will continue to operate its cargo flights from JFK and O’Hare airporters to Heathrow, however.  

‘We’re constantly evaluating our network to match supply and demand and have been making regular schedule adjustments since March. In an effort to match low demand resulting from coronavirus (COVID-19), we continue to operate a reduced schedule,’ the airline said in a statement obtained by DailyMail.com.  

The airline said that it would resume its London passenger flights from Charlotte Douglas International Airport beginning January 6. 

On Tuesday, a United Airlines flight from Newark Liberty International Airport landed at Heathrow just before 7am, becoming the first Covid-free transatlantic flight

On Tuesday, a United Airlines flight from Newark Liberty International Airport landed at Heathrow just before 7am, becoming the first Covid-free transatlantic flight

Passenger flights to Heathrow from New York City and Chicago airports would also return in January, but the airline did not specify what date that would occur or how many flights would be scheduled. 

During the London flight suspension, the airline said that customers wishing to fly to London from Chicago and New York City could book flights on British Airways, which is one of American’s Joint Business Partners.  

Right now, Americans must quarantine for 14 days when traveling to the UK, as the US is still considered a ‘red country.’ Americans are mostly barred from traveling to EU countries.

The US, meanwhile, has banned travelers from Europe unless they are American citizens, have permanent residence in the states or are given a special exemption.

On Tuesday, a United Airlines flight from Newark Liberty International Airport landed at Heathrow just before 7am, becoming the first Covid-free transatlantic flight since the start of the pandemic after they all tested negative before boarding.

All 36 passengers must still self-isolate for 14 days despite testing negative.  

One passenger tested positive after taking the rapid Abbott ID Now COVID-19 test before boarding, and was forced to remain in America.

The United Airlines’ service will run for the next month in the hope that the UK and US will axe quarantine rules for people using it.

All 36 passengers must still self-isolate for 14 days despite testing negative

All 36 passengers must still self-isolate for 14 days despite testing negative

Anyone over the age of two must have a test in one of United’s converted business lounges to board the plane – and if someone refuses or tests positive they are stopped from flying and rebooked. 

The latest move from United comes as airlines have faced dramatically-reduced passenger rates since coronavirus lockdowns first began in mid-March.  

Figures released by the TSA showed that on March 1, TSA checkpoints had screened 2.28million passengers, nearly on par with the 2.3million passengers screened on the same day in 2019.  

On March 17, screenings fell to 953,699 – well below the 2.18million recorded on the same date in 2019. 

At the height of the near worldwide lockdowns in April, the TSA routinely recorded screenings numbering in only the 90,000s. In 2019, screenings typically ranged between 2million to 2.5million passengers. 

Several months after cities across the US reopened, the number of fliers has crept up steadily, with the TSA reporting more than 1million screened passengers on October 18 – the first time that’s happened since mid-March.  

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