Thursday’s business headlines

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Here’s a look at Thursday’s business headlines.


Walt Disney World has announced its plan to reopen the Orlando, Florida theme parks in July after closing them March 15 due to the spread of the coronavirus. Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom would reopen July 11, followed by Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15 under Disney’s plan.

The parks will have COVID-19 social distancing and wellness measures when they reopen, including temperature screenings, wearing masks, keeping guests six feet apart while lining up for attractions and a guest reservation system to limit capacity.

American Airlines

American Airlines will notify you when you’re booked on a crowded flight.

Passengers will be given the opportunity to change to a flight with fewer full seats.

American’s planes were about 56% full on average over Memorial Day weekend, compared to less than 15% during the month of April.

American is also cutting 30% of its administrative and support staff.

College grads

New college graduates might not have to pay their student loans for three years.

A House bill with bipartisan support would allow 2020 college graduates to postpone their student loan payments for three years without interest accruing.

The lawmakers say students graduating now are facing unprecedented challenges.

Jobless claims

Businesses are starting to reopen but still 2.1 million Americans are expected to file for jobless claims when numbers are released Thursday.

If that number is accurate, that means 41 million Americans have filed for jobless benefits since mid-March.


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