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U.S. Airline Industry Set to Shrink Dramatically at Midnight If Funding Doesn’t Materialize

After years of growth, the airline industry is set shrink in size, an unprecedented move that dwarfs the cutbacks that followed the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Thousands of jobs will be cut starting at the stroke of midnight on Thursday when the protections put into place by the Cares Act, which funded the loans and grants, runs out, yet workers are hoping that some form of funding materializes before the clock …

American Airlines to Offer Pre-Flight Covid-19 Testing to Hawaii, Jamaica, and the Bahamas

American Airlines to Offer Pre-Flight Covid-19 Testing to Hawaii, Jamaica, and the Bahamas

American Airlines announced plans to offer Covid-19 testing for flights to Jamaica, Hawaii, and the Bahamas.
The Fort Worth-based carrier will offer three types of coronavirus tests for individuals traveling from Dallas-Fort worth to destinations in the Hawaiian Islands.   Three options will be available when the program starts on October 15, namely observed at-home tests, in-person tests at an urgent care center, and rapid in-airport testing at DFW.
The observed at-home test …

U.S. Airline Booked Revenue Down 80% Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Airline Booked Revenue Down 80% Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

When third-quarter results are tallied, airlines in the United States will report that net booked revenue is down by 80% year over year and that they are collectively burning over $5 billion per month, according to figures released by Airlines for America, an industry trade group representing major U.S. carriers.
While more people are flying today than at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the recovery that had been anticipated in …

American CEO: ‘We Need Laws, Not Bills’ that Extend Payroll Support for the Airline Industry

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker is an optimist.  Despite the odds, he believes there’s still hope, despite just a few days until a crucial October 1 deadline for the airline industry, to get additional payroll support from the federal government.
It’s on that day that tens of thousands of airline employees – from pilots to gate agents to flight attendants – will be laid off amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn in …

U.S. Airline Industry Set to Cut Tens of Thousands of Jobs This Week Amidst Pandemic-Induced Downturn

The U.S. airline industry is currently facing its worst crisis since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks.  The coronavirus pandemic, which initially resulted in billions of dollars in grants and loans to the airlines to keep workers on the payroll, has decimated travel and people are not returning to the skies in droves as had been predicted just a few months ago.
As a result, the industry is set …

American Airlines May Not Cut Flights to Some Smaller Cities After All

American Airlines May Not Cut Flights to Some Smaller Cities After All

American Airlines said it was taking another look at its plan to discontinue service to two smaller cities, Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Roswell, New Mexico, on Monday.
The airline had announced plans last month to end service to 15 cities including Stillwater and Roswell once the terms of a federal bailout that required the flights expires, citing the pandemic-induced decline in travel.
At the end of August, the airline said it would provisionally …

American Airlines to Reduce Staffing on International Flights Amidst Pandemic Furloughs

American Airlines to Reduce Staffing on International Flights Amidst Pandemic Furloughs

The union representing American Airlines’ flight attendants said that the airline plans to make significant changes in how the airline will staff flights starting in October once the airline’s reduction in staffing takes place.
The changes go into effect on international flights that offer premium cabins such as Flagship First – International and Flagship Business – International as well as on its premium transcon routes.
The Association of Professional Flight Attendants notified …