India to Stop Domestic Flights and Suspends Rail Service

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In this April 16, 2015 file photo, an Air India aircraft prepares to land at the Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi, India. Altaf Qadri / Associated Press

Skift Take: While India had only eight confirmed deaths from coronavirus as of Monday, experts warn that a jump in cases is likely soon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government ordered a shutdown of domestic flights. Rail travel is already suspended. The economic pain will be fierce.

— Sean O’Neill

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United Arab Emirates to Stop Dubai Airport Transit Flights Due to Coronavirus

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A crowd of more than 10 people gather on a beach despite warnings to maintain a distance from each other over the outbreak of the new coronavirus in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, March 20, 2020. The United Arab Emirates has closed its borders to foreigners, including those with residency visas, over the coronavirus outbreak, but has yet to shut down public beaches and other locations over the virus. Jon Gambrell / Associated Press

Skift Take: Dubai International Airport is a critical transit hub, including for medical experts and diplomatic officials. Preventing onward travel will affect many destinations and organizations if this decision holds.

— Sean O’Neill

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Richard Branson Pledges $250 Million to Help Virgin Companies Battle Coronavirus

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Virgin’s Richard Branson attends a news conference after landing at the Ben Gurion international airport near Tel Aviv, Israel in 2019. Branson’s Virgin Atlantic is struggling to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. Amir Cohen / Reuters

Skift Take: The $250 million pledge sounds like a lot of money, but in this situation probably isn’t. It’ll also be interesting to see what form the investment actually takes.

— Patrick Whyte

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Tightening Coronavirus Curbs Sap Travel Demand Through Airline Hubs

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The United Arab Emirates, home to the world’s busiest international airport, is suspending all passenger and transit flights for two weeks to stymie the spread of the new coronavirus. Jon Gambrell / Associated Press

Skift Take: Airport hubs are now a shadow of their former selves as the coronavirus spreads turbulence across the global airline industry. Can it get any worse?

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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International Olympics Committee Evaluates Games Postponement as Opposition Mounts

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A group of students from Uruguay pose for a souvenir picture on the Olympic Rings set outside the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Saturday, March 21, 2020. The Olympic flame from Greece arrived in Japan Friday, even as the opening of the the Tokyo Games in four months is in doubt with more voices suggesting the games should to be postponed or canceled because of the worldwide virus pandemic. Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press

Skift Take: Amid growing concerns from athletes and sports officials, the IOC has given itself four weeks to evaluate scenario planning for the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Some of the scenarios include postponement for up to two years. This is the first time postponement has been publicly discussed as a possible scenario since the coronavirus outbreak has spread worldwide.

— Faye Chiu

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