by Associated Press | July 02, 2020
The outbreak of the coronavirus dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Wednesday related to the travel sector. 

- Egypt on Wednesday reopened its airports, the Egyptian museum and the famed Giza Pyramids in Cairo for the first time in more than three months.

EgyptAir said around 2,000 passengers left the Cairo international airport on 14 international flights, the first regular flights since the coronavirus outbreak.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said around two dozen museums and tourist sites reopened Wednesday. The sites include the Egyptian museum, the Giza Pyramids, the Citadel of Saladin in Cairo, the ancient temple of Karnak and the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor.

Egypt 's economy depends heavily on tourism, which accounts for some 12 percent  of the gross domestic product.

- Germany is easing restrictions on travelers from up to 11 countries outside the European Union -- but not the full list recommended by the EU.

The Interior Ministry said that, as of Thursday, people from Australia, Georgia, Canada, Montenegro, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay will be able to enter without restrictions. That will also apply to Japan, South Korea and China -- but only if those countries also allow people from Germany to enter.

- Regional airports across Greece, including on top tourist destination islands, began accepting direct international flights again on Wednesday.

International travelers have been able to fly into Greece since June 15, but only to Athens or Thessaloniki. Starting Wednesday, tourists can fly directly to the Greek islands and other airports on the mainland.

- Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea reopened Wednesday after being closed for four months.

The two parks near Tokyo are run by Oriental Land. New guidelines include advance online ticket booking and limiting the number of entrants in the parks.

The Walt Disney Co. is planning to open its parks in Florida  later this month. It has paused plans to open its parks in California. 

- United Airlines said Wednesday that it will add more flights in August and operate about 40 percent of the schedule it flew in the prior-year period. That's up from 30 percent in July and 15 percent in June.

CEO Scott Kirby told the Associated Press that demand  is rising among people wanting to visit family, friends, beaches and mountains. But typical tourist destinations such as Las Vegas and Orlando are still lagging, and business travel is "very, very depressed," Kirby said. So is international travel. United plans to fly 52 percent  of its year-ago domestic schedule in August, but only 25 percent  of its previous international flights. 

- American Airlines expects its long-haul international capacity in summer 2021 to remain 25 percent lower than in summer 2019. It will drop five "underperforming" routes from Los Angeles including Hong Kong and Beijing, plus three routes apiece from Philadelphia and Charlotte, North Carolina.