Quarantine is causing irreparable damage to the airline industry. Today, 15 US airlines are officially canceling flights to more than 70 cities in the country. Accordingly, aircraft service at airports is also being discontinued.
For example, Delta plans to leave Aspen, Colorado; Bangor, Maine; Flint, Michigan; Santa Barbara, California; and Lincoln, Nebraska. United Airlines found Chattanooga, Tennessee routes unprofitable; Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Key West, Florida; and Lansing and Kalamazoo, Michigan. These are not all examples, but the scale of the problem situation is obvious.
The US Department of Transportation offered airlines financial assistance with the proposition to keep the chosen routes to minimal maintenance. However, all air carriers recognized these conditions as disadvantageous. They preferred to stop some destinations due to the huge lack of clients’ interest.
At the moment, there has been no complete refusal and there is a chance that something will change. However, each of the airlines on the list, including those listed above, has already crossed out 5-10 routes from the schedules. The trend is expected to continue in the coming days. Sources say that the US Department of Transportation is doing everything possible to save air communication with the “problem” airports.
Losses to the US airline industry are about $ 10 billion monthly during the pandemic. All companies are forced to use less than 50% of their fleets on flights.
The US Department of Transportation has allowed companies to cancel up to 5% of flights due to the current situation. About half of US carriers are hesitant to cut flights at the moment.