Following the United Airlines cutbacks, Delta Airlines is reducing its flight capacity by 40% because of a drop in demand. The drop in demand is directly caused by the coronavirus pandemic, making this the biggest reduction in operations in the airline’s history. The demand is lower than in the months after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Delta cuts flight capacity by 40%
United Airlines was the first major US carrier to cutback domestic and international flights because of a reduction in travel. United announced that more cuts might be made in the coming months due to the decline in demand and an increase in canceled trips. For now, they announced a cut of 20% to its international flights and 10% to domestic flights.
Delta’s CEO, Ed Bastian, has sent a memo to employees explaining the measures the company will be taking in the next few months. Delta Airlines will lower its passenger capacity by 40% to deal with a drop travel demand because of the coronavirus pandemic. They will also cut flying to continental Europe for the next 30 days, which could be extended. This will exclude Delta to London flights. As a result of the cutbacks in flights Delta will be parking up to 300 aircraft as they require a smaller fleet.
“The speed of the demand fall-off is unlike anything we’ve seen – and we’ve seen a lot in our business. We are in discussions with the White House and Congress regarding the support they can provide to help us through this period. I’m optimistic we will receive their support.” Ed Bastian said in the memo
Delta Airlines will be suspending all new aircraft deliveries for the next few months. As for the employees, Delta is offering them a short-term unpaid leave and they are freezing the hiring process.
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