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The tiny nation with a rapidly growing airline route map

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The tiny nation with a rapidly growing airline route map

Around the world, the pandemic has caused most air traffic to come to an abrupt halt. When the coronavirus began spreading rapidly in March and April, some airlines completely stopped operating, while others pulled back from secondary markets, even leaving some cities with no commercial service. One tiny country, however, is seeing a reversal in fortune. Israel, nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and its Arab neighbors, is in the midst of a geopolitical transformation. While Israel’s aviation market remains especially hard hit by the COVID crisis, there have been some surprising signs of hope that have emerged on the geopolitical...

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American Airlines joins Delta and United in extending elite status and more

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American Airlines joins Delta and United in extending elite status and more

It may have taken a bit longer, but American Airlines is the last of the big 3 U.S. airlines to extend elite status in light of the coronavirus pandemic. This move doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Delta led the industry with its sweeping status extensions, and United quickly followed suit later the same afternoon. Alaska Airlines — which just reinstated a partnership with American — then announced its own extension on Tuesday, April 7. So, what are the details of AA’s elite-status extension? Stay up-to-date on the outbreak by visiting our hub page for coronavirus coverage and signing up for...

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