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United adding and restoring October flights for leisure travelers

United Airlines announced Friday that it plans to add new routes and restore dozens more routes to its October schedule. The new and returning routes mean the Chicago-based airline will be flying 46% of last October’s domestic schedule, an 8% increase over September.

The airline is also restoring eight Hawaii routes, wagering that Hawaii will allow out-of-state visitors to return without quarantining for 14 days beginning Oct. 1. The Aloha State is already requiring both transpacific and inter-island travelers to submit a digital application with their health and contact information, and once it allows out-of-state visitors to return, officials plan to institute a “resort bubble” that will keep tabs on them but allow them to move between islands.

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The airline said it

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Travelers Ebb But China, US Expand Flights: Airlines in Focus

Per a recent Airlines for America (A4A) study, the number of air travelers being screened by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) plummeted nationally. On average, there has been a 50% reduction in flight departures with states like New York, Hawaii, Washington DC, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Jersey reporting more than 80% decline in the TSA checkpoint volumes.

Low Traffic

The latest total traveler throughput as of Aug 17 was 773,319. Prior to the ongoing global health crisis, U.S. airlines were transporting a record 2.5 million passengers and 58,000 tons of cargo each day. As travel constraints and stay-at-home orders were implemented, demand for air travel dropped sharply. In short, the estimated COVID-19-triggered loss outbreak is at least more than $98 billion in the first half of 2020.

Majority of the airline stocks have depreciated over the past week, causing the NYSE ARCA Airline Index to decline 5.6% to $55.94, showing

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American booking full flights next week; Big Lots still busy

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Friday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus.

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RETAIL ROUNDUP:

— Big Lots is seeing the continuation of strong demand that started in mid-April, with second quarter-to-date comparable sales through fiscal June increasing well ahead of expectations.

The discount retailer now anticipates second-quarter comparable sales will be up by a mid-to-high twenties percentage. Big Lots said Friday that it is in a very strong liquidity position, with current cash and short-term investments of approximately $890 million, and no amounts drawn on its $700 million revolving credit facility.

— Shopping mall owner Intu Properties is scrambling to avoid bankruptcy after failing to strike a deal with its creditors. The London-based company is being hammered by lower rent payments from retail clients during

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