Francis X. Gallagher
I trust you had a lovely summer even with the travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19. I visited Florida and made several trips to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. A far cry from my intentions — trips for business and leisure to Kiawah Island, Sarasota, Seoul, Los Angeles and countless other destinations. I hope we can figure out a plan to get travelers flying on a more regular basis. The industry is addressing this issue head on with stricter mask wearing and extreme cleaning techniques for airlines and hotels.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
One of my most brilliant ideas ever! Why not take a Blue Hawaiian Helicopters tour of Oahu between our morning flight from Lanai and our afternoon flight on United Airlines to Newark? Of course, this all relied on perfect timing, as our Hawaiian Airlines flight arrived at Honolulu at 10:32 a.m. and our United flight was at 3:10 p.m. The heliport lies just two miles from the airport, and we would have to take an Uber or taxi to check in for our noon tour. The tour ended at 1:05 p.m. All looked good on paper, and all worked out perfectly on the ground.