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American, United Lower Forecasts, Cite Weak Demand Amidst Rising Covid Cases

American, United Lower Forecasts, Cite Weak Demand Amidst Rising Covid Cases

American, United, and Southwest airlines all lowered their financial forecasts for the third quarter, citing weaker bookings amidst a surge in Covid-19 cases.
American warned that the increase in coronavirus cases, thanks to the highly transmissible delta variant, would hit revenue by some 24% to 28% in Q3, compared to the same period in 2019.
Despite this, the world’s airline said that the third quarter is still on track to be its …

Delta to Double Number of Flight Attendants It Hires for Summer ’22 Travel Season

Delta to Double Number of Flight Attendants It Hires for Summer ’22 Travel Season

Delta Air Lines said it plans to double the number flight attendants it will hire to have in place prior to the summer 2022 travel season.
The Atlanta-based carrier had planned to hire 1,500 but now plans to double that number.
Many workers at Delta and other major airlines took early retirement packages earlier in the pandemic, often taking advantage of favorable buyouts.
Delta is not the only airline on a hiring frenzy, …

Fasten Your Seatbelts: The Air Travel Boom is a Bust

Air travel was expected to be this summer’s comeback kid.  As the pandemic seemingly eased, travelers spent $6 billion on domestic flights in June, a record amount.
“Summer travel spending will be record-breaking,” one travel magazine’s headline stated.
But that was June and it was not to be: The Delta variant, originally known as the India variant or B.1.167.2, brought a quick halt to any such increases.
Instead, July domestic flight bookings fell …

Two ‘Unruly’ Passengers Arrested in Separate Incidents at Nashville Airport

Two ‘Unruly’ Passengers Arrested in Separate Incidents at Nashville Airport

Two unruly passengers were arrested in separate incidents at Nashville’s airport after refusing to don face masks in keeping with federal law.
The first miscreant, Antur Grigoryan, was arrested at Nashville International Airport after what could only be described as serial bad behavior.  The incident began when Grigoryan refused to wear a face mask on a Spirit Airlines flight departing the city and used vulgar language towards the cabin crew.  He …

Coronavirus News Update – August 14: As Delta Variant Spurs Cancellations, Southwest Says Virus is Hurting Business

Coronavirus News Update – August 14: As Delta Variant Spurs Cancellations, Southwest Says Virus is Hurting Business

Southwest Airlines said that the surge in new coronavirus cases fueled by the Delta, or India, variant is causing new bookings to diminish and the number of cancellations to rise.  As a result, the airline said that the slowdown would make it difficult for it to show a profit in Q3.
Meanwhile, officials in Germany moved the United States to a “high risk” classification on Friday amidst the rising number of …

American, Delta, Southwest Will Encourage, But Not Mandate, Jabs for Unvaccinated Workers

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Southwest Airlines won’t require current unvaccinated employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, a stance that stands in contrast with United Airlines’ CEO’s mandate that its workers get fully vaccinated by October 25 in order to remain employed at the airline.
On Monday, the CEO Hawaiian Airlines, the nation’s tenth largest carrier, told workers that they must get vaccinated and have received their second dose …

Massive Flight Delays and Cancellations at American, Southwest, Spirit Continue Into Wednesday

Massive Flight Delays and Cancellations at American, Southwest, Spirit Continue  Into Wednesday

Air travelers in the United States face hundreds more flight cancellations and delays for the fourth day in a row as airlines struggle to recover from disruptions caused by severe weather in the Dallas/Fort Worth area over the weekend.
The outlook for Wednesday doesn’t look much better.
As of 9:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Spirit had already cancelled 47% of its flights, or 321, and posted 17 delays, just 2% of overall …