Covid-19 Travel Bubbles Were Set to Restore Flying but Haven’t Taken Off

A few months ago, travel bubbles were the big idea for reopening skies across the Asia-Pacific region. Countries would strike deals with each other to allow air travel with certain restrictions, many officials said, and those would expand to regional pacts.

It’s proving hard to do, even for countries that have largely managed to keep a lid on the coronavirus.

Take Singapore, a city-state whose economy is so dependent on its airport, officials liken it to the lungs. Passenger volumes are languishing at 1.5% of pre-coronavirus levels, threatening its status as an aviation hub and the investment that comes with it.

The region’s other airports are similarly quiet, according to the latest data from August. Hong Kong International Airport saw 1.4% of passenger traffic compared with August 2019. At Japan’s Narita airport, international travelers in August were just 3.3% of the same month last year. At South Korea’s Incheon International

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Santee Cooper crews travel from S.C. to Louisiana to help restore power to residents

While people in the Gulf Coast are trying to put the pieces of their lives back together, some people from South Carolina are stepping in to help.

Several crews of Santee Cooper linemen are in Lafayette, La. working to get residents’ power back on after Hurricane Delta swept Friday

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They are braving storm damage and other damage the hurricane left behind.

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“They still have about 17,000 customers out [of power] and as long as they need us, we’ll be here,” said Drew Jordan.

These Santee Cooper crews are working 16-hour days.

“I would hope that somebody would help us out if things got bad for us,” Jamie Cook added.

It’s been a rare hurricane season for the people of Louisiana.

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“There are several years when

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