U.S. grants tentative OK for 15 air carriers to suspend service to 75 airports

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Transportation Department said late on Friday it had granted tentative approval to 15 airlines to temporarily halt service to 75 U.S. airports because of the coronavirus pandemic.

FILE PHOTO: A United Airlines passenger jet takes off with New York City as a backdrop, at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, U.S. December 6, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Helgren/File Photo

Airlines must maintain minimum service levels in order to receive government assistance but many have petitioned to stop service to airports with low passenger demand.

Both United Airlines (UAL.O) and Delta Air Lines (DAL.N)

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JetBlue, Delta seek U.S. OK to suspend flights to 25 U.S. airports

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Delta Air Lines (DAL.N), JetBlue Airways Corp (JBLU.O) and Spirit Airlines (SAVE.N) on Tuesday asked the U.S. Transportation Department for approval to suspend flights to more than two dozen U.S. airports.

FILE PHOTO: A JetBlue passenger jet lands with New York City as a backdrop, at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, U.S. December 6, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Helgren/File Photo

U.S. travel demand has fallen by more than 95% because of the coronavirus pandemic and airports are trying to cut costs to stay in business.

JetBlue wants to halt flights to 16

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Bridgestone to suspend 11 Japanese plants during late April-early May

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Bridgestone Corp is seen next to its new Playz tyre during the tyre’s unveiling event in Tokyo, Japan, January 8, 2016. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese tyremaker Bridgestone Corp (5108.T) said on Monday it will suspend operations at its 11 domestic plants, including 8 tyre factories, from late April to early May to cope with dwindling demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The world’s biggest tyremaker will shut the 8 tyre plants between April 29 and May 8, including its main passenger vehicle tyre factory in Hikone, western Japan and its main

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Chile’s LATAM Airlines plans to suspend 2019 dividend due to coronavirus crisis

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FILE PHOTO: Airplanes belonging to LATAM Airlines (previously named Lan Airlines) are seen at the International Airport during an indefinite strike of the Cabin Crew Union of LAN Express, a subsidiary of the Chile-based LATAM Airlines group, in Santiago, Chile April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – The board of South America’s largest carrier, LATAM Airlines Group (LTM.SN), plans to suspend a $57 million dividend payment tied to the company’s 2019 profits to preserve cash to weather the new coronavirus crisis, it said on Tuesday night.

The plan still needs to be voted on by shareholders,

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