American Airlines, other carriers add summer flights as passengers slowly return

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Passengers board an American Airlines flight to Charlotte, North Carolina at San Diego International Airport on May 20, 2020 in San Diego, California.

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Slowly, the airline business is coming back to life as airlines set schedules for July that include more flights.

The latest is American Airlines, which says it plans to fly 55% of its domestic schedule in July, up dramatically from May when it flew 20% of its schedule from a year earlier.

“We’re seeing a slow but steady rise in domestic demand. After a careful review of the data, we’ve built a

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Cases rise in Eastern Europe; Gottlieb warns of ‘low-level spread’ during the summer

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Health officials are warning that mass gatherings across the country could further spread the coronavirus, just as much of the economy is beginning to restart. Protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis, continued for a seventh night with overnight clashes between law enforcement and demonstrators.

The World Health Organization, which has faced criticism for repeatedly praising China for a speedy response to the emergence of the coronavirus, complained in private meetings that China was not releasing enough information or doing so quickly enough about the virus, the Associated Press reported. 

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Delta CEO: More summer flights seen as U.S. travel slowly rises

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FILE PHOTO: Delta Air Lines passenger planes are seen parked due to flight reductions made to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) is likely to increase capacity this summer by adding flights in June and July as U.S. domestic travel slowly picks up amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, its chief executive officer said on Wednesday.

CEO Edward Bastian told Fox Business Network the airline’s 60% cap on passenger load would help it maintain social distancing,

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Outdoor furniture sales grow as customers prepare for a summer at home

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With the travel industry crushed by the coronavirus pandemic, it’s more than likely that people will be staying close to home this summer.

Furniture and home goods retailers are reporting huge spikes in sales of outdoor furniture along with pool, grill and gardening items, as consumers look to make their staycations as fun and relaxing as possible.

“People are finding that the more time they spend in their home, the more time they want to have those things that make it more meaningful, more beneficial,” said Ron Hilton, chief sourcing and operations officer for Overstock.com. 

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