United Airlines Reports Dramatic Drop in Demand Due to Coronavirus

By Anna Breuer on 10 March 2020
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United Airlines announced on Tuesday that it had recorded a 70% drop in domestic demand as measured by net bookings in the past several days as a result of the coronavirus outbreak

The news was reported by the airline’s president, Scott Kirby, who spoke at the J.P. Morgan Industrials Conference, which was broadcast over the web due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Kirby said that gross bookings are only down by 25%, calling them a much better measure of current demand, although he cautioned that things will get worse before they get better.

“While those numbers are encouraging compared to international, we’re planning for the public concern about the virus to get worse before it gets better,” he said

Kirby said that the airline now expects to cut May flying by an additional 20% from its original plan and that he expects further cuts “each month after that to be at least as large or larger until we see concrete signs of returning demand.”

Last week, the airline said it would cut international flights by 20% and domestic flights by 10%.

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