Data reveals how visits to major US airports have cratered as coronavirus ravages the airline industry
Data shows how foot traffic at several major international airports around the US has dropped since...Data shows how foot traffic at several major international airports around the US has dropped since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Placer.ai, a location analytics company, New York's JFK Airport saw a 29.4% decrease in foot traffic from 2019's first week of March to that same week in 2020. The International Air Transport Association predicts a $29.3 billion loss in passenger revenue this year because of the coronavirus crisis. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Data from Placer.ai — a locations analytics company — shows how foot traffic at several major international airports in the US, including San Francisco International Airport and New York's John F. Kennedy airport, has decreased following the spread of the novel coronavirus throughout the US. Many airports around the world have been losing significant foot traffic as more airlines have started canceling flights and suspending global operations. In total, the International Air Transport Association predicts a $29.3 billion loss in passenger revenue this year because of the coronavirus. Of all the airports on the Placer.ai list, New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport has seen the most significant drop in visitors. The first week of March brought in an increase of foot traffic at 8.6% from 2018 to 2019, but a sharp decrease at 29.4% from 2019 to 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Placer.ai collects data from tens of millions of mobile devices, allowing it to track foot traffic of specific areas and stores. Keep scrolling to see how significant the foot traffic drop at other major international airports has been since COVID-19 started ravaging the industry:SEE ALSO: Photos of deserted, nearly empty airports around the world show how coronavirus has decimated air travel Los Angeles International Airport LAX saw a 4.6% drop in foot traffic from the last week of February in 2018 to the last week of February in 2019. That decrease rose to a 6.9% drop in people at the airport from the last week of February in 2019 to the same week in 2020. In comparison, there was a 0.9% decrease in foot traffic during the first week of March 2018 compared to March 2019, but an astonishing 20.1% drop from the first week of March 2019 compared to the first week of March 2020. Chicago O'Hare International Airport Unlike LAX, Chicago O'Hare Airport saw an increase in foot traffic by 10.3% from the last week of February in 2018 to that same week in 2019. However, this number dropped to a 13% decrease in visitors comparing the last week of February in 2019 to that of 2020. This increase-then-decrease trend also applies to O'Hare's first week of March: while there was a 7.6% increase from 2018 to 2019, the airport saw a 16.4% decrease from 2019 to 2020 amid the coronavirus epidemic. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Like O'Hare, DFW Airport saw an increase, then decrease, in foot traffic as the coronavirus pandemic spread. There was a 1.8% increase in foot traffic during the last week of February from 2018 to 2019, but a 4.5% decrease during that same time frame from 2019 to 2020. And while there was a 5.2% foot traffic increase from 2018 to 2019's first week of March, there was a 14.2% decrease from 2019 to 2020's first week of March. Denver International Airport Denver International also saw a sharp decrease in visitors. The last week of February from 2018 to 2019 saw a 9.1% increase in foot traffic, but a 6.7% decrease from 2019 to 2020. While there was also an 8.8% increase in foot traffic from the first week of March from 2018 to 2019, there was a sharp decrease to the tune of 19.8% comparing the first week of March in 2019 to that of 2020. John F. Kennedy International Airport There was a 5.1% increase in foot traffic from the last week of February in 2018 to 2019, but a 16.9% decrease of that same time frame comparing 2019 to 2020. This sharp drop carries over to the first week of March. While there was an 8.6% uptick of visitors for March's first week between 2018 and 2019, there was an astonishing 29.4% drop from the same week comparing 2019 to 2020. San Francisco International Airport SFO, like LAX, has seen an overall decline in foot traffic from 2018 to 2020 comparing the last week of February and the first week of March. From 2018 to 2019, SFO saw a 3.1% decrease for the last week of February, and a further 9.2% decrease from 2019 to 2020. To compare, the first week of March from 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020 saw a 0.9% and 23.9% decrease, respectively. Seattle–Tacoma International Airport While SeaTac saw a 4.2% increase in foot traffic from the last week of February in 2018 to that of 2019, it endured a 7.1% decrease from the same week comparing 2019 to 2020. There was also a drop in visitors during the first week of March over the years. While there was a 2.9% increase from 2018 to 2019 for the first week of March, there was a 20.4% decrease from 2019 to 2020. McCarran International Airport Nevada's McCarran airport saw the least steep plummet for the first week of March from 2019 to 2020 at a 13.3% decrease, However, this is still a drop from 2018 to 2019's 4.9% reduction in foot traffic during the first week of March. Surprisingly, there was an increase in foot traffic from the last week of February in 2019 to 2020 at 9.8%, which is high compared to the 6.4% drop the airport saw during the same time frame from 2018 to 2019.
Trump suspends travel from Europe — except the UK and Ireland — for 30 days to contain the coronavirus spread
President Donald Trump announced that his administration is suspending travel from Europe — except the UK...President Donald Trump announced that his administration is suspending travel from Europe — except the UK and Ireland. Trump's announcement caused confusion, as he initially said cargo would be impacted — this was later retracted — and it was unclear who was impacted by the travel ban. The Department of Homeland Security released guidelines after his speech. Legal permanent residents and, in most cases, the family members of US citizens would not be impacted by this proclamation. "While these new travel restrictions will be disruptive to some travelers, this decisive action is needed to protect the American public from further exposure to the potentially deadly coronavirus," DHS Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf said. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that all travel from Europe, except for the UK and Ireland, will be suspended for at least a month. In a press conference, Trump said travel to the continent will be suspended for 30 days, starting this Friday, saying these measures were "strong but necessary." The president also signed a Presidential Proclamation, in which non-US citizens who visited some European countries two weeks before coming to the US would not be allowed into the country, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The affected European countries include, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Together these countries form the Schengen area, an open-borders arrangement which means mostly unrestricted travel between the member nations. For instance, it is possible to travel from Denmark, to Italy, to Latvia, then to France without any passport checks. The United Kingdom and Ireland are not part of this arrangement, and continue to operate harder borders. "While these new travel restrictions will be disruptive to some travelers, this decisive action is needed to protect the American public from further exposure to the potentially deadly coronavirus," DHS Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf said. Legal permanent residents and, in most cases, the family members of US citizens would not be impacted by this proclamation. Trump initially said cargo from Europe would be banned, but the White House later said it would not be impacted. White House officials believe Europe is the single biggest originator of new coronavirus infections, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. "A real threat right now is Europe," Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told a House committee last Thursday. "That's where the cases are coming in. Europe is the new China." The coronavirus is rapidly spreading through Europe. Italy, the worst-hit country outside China, instituted a nationwide lockdown this week, as more than 12,000 people have been infected and at least 825 people have died from the virus. German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Wednesday that up to 70% of her country's population may become infected by the virus, according to the German newspaper Bild. France has over 2,250 COVID-19 case with at least 48 deaths and Spain has seen a huge surge in new cases. Spain currently also has over 2,250 cases and 55 deaths. The CDC issued Level 3 advisories for Italy, Iran, China, and South Korea late last month. Japan is at a Level 2, which urges Americans to take enhanced precautions while traveling to the country, and Hong Kong is at a Level 1, which urges "usual precautions." On Wednesday, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus, which has spread to more than 100 countries, a pandemic. The WHO defines a pandemic as "the worldwide spread of a new disease." The determination is based on the geographic spread of a disease, the severity of illnesses it causes, and its effects on society. The WHO is concerned both about how quickly the virus is spreading and the inaction it's being met with by governments around the world. COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, has sickened more than 126,000 people and killed over 4,600 people around the world. Jake Lahut, Hilary Brueck, Anna Medaris Miller, and Kieran Corcoran contributed to this report. SEE ALSO: Rep. Doug Collins, who toured the CDC with Trump last week, is self-quarantining after interacting with the CPAC coronavirus patient Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A law professor weighs in on how Trump could beat impeachment
The UK expects to spend £100 million flying back stranded Thomas Cook passengers, which is only £50 million less than bailing out the company
The UK government rejected a £150 million deal to bail out travel company Thomas Cook, this...The UK government rejected a £150 million deal to bail out travel company Thomas Cook, this weekend. The failure of talks led to the struggling company declaring bankruptcy. As a result, UK officials are organizing return travel for 150,000 British people, which is estimated to cost around £100 million. 600,000 people are stranded around the world. The UK is chartering planes to bring the British ones home, a huge operation expected to last two weeks. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government decided not to bail out Thomas Cook because it would set a bad precedent. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The UK government expects to spend around £100 million flying back stranded Thomas Cook passengers from around the world after the travel group collapsed. The figure, which will cover a complicated series of charter flights to pick up stranded customers, is around £50 million less than Thomas Cook's last request for funds to keep the company afloat. Britain's Transport Secretary and the head of its Civil Aviation Authority both confirmed that cost of the repatriation — which will cover the 150,000 British customers of Thomas Cook left stranded — would be around £100 million. The company, a British travel company and airline, declared bankruptcy early on Monday morning, leaving around 600,000 people stranded around the world. Over the past month, the airline held a series of crisis talks with potential buyers and the UK government. Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minister, said Monday that it asked for around £150 million in public funds. He declined the bailout, citing the high cost and warning that it could create a bad precedent. The company had looked like it might be saved through a £900 million reorganization plan with Fosun, a Chinese firm and its largest shareholder. But banks then said that the company needed an additional £200 million, which it did not secure. The company said the bailout would bring financial stability to the company. Read more: Roughly 600,000 travelers are stranded around the world after the British travel provider Thomas Cook declares bankruptcy Instead, UK officials launched Operation Matterhorn, which will involve 40 planes to pick up travellers and bring them back to Britain. It is the largest such repatriation in UK peacetime history. The government has faced criticism for not intervening. John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor in the country's Labour opposition party, said: "To just stand to one side, I just don't think that's wise." Read more: Boris Johnson says he refused £150 million bailout for Thomas Cook because it risked 'moral hazard' for other firms Manuel Cortes, the leader of Transport Salaried Staffs' Association, a union for transport workers, said that "the government had been given ample opportunity to step in and help Thomas Cook but has instead chosen ideological dogma over saving thousands of jobs," London newspaper the Evening Standard reported. Thomas Cook employs 21,000 people, and been in a bad financial state for years. Peter Fankhauser, Thomas Cook's chief executive, said on Monday, according to Reuters: "I would like to apologize to our millions of customers, and thousands of employees, suppliers and partners who have supported us for many years." The company, founded in 1891, had amassed a huge amount of debt. It also suffered from a drop in demand linked to the 2018 heatwave in Europe, and warned earlier this year that Brexit was causing customers to put off travel plans. The government will be running flights for two weeks to get travellers home, while people who booked upcoming flights and holidays through the group will likely have them cancelled. The government is also paying hotels to that Thomas Cook customers were staying in.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Will Boeing recover from the 737 Max crisis?