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Hong Kong Airport As Virus Causes Traffic Slump
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How Coronavirus Will Forever Change Airlines and the Way We Fly

From air fares to destinations to cabin layouts, things may look very different once we start traveling again.


Higher fares, fewer routes, pre-flight health checks and less free food: The coronavirus pandemic is ushering in a new era of air travel.

A seismic shift is underway as the world’s airlines reassess their operations and how they will look emerging from the crisis. At eerily empty airports, mask-wearing and social distancing already show a behavioral change among the few staff and travelers left. A long shakeup lies ahead that is set to touch almost every aspect of flying after limits on movement unwind.