United States Airlines attempted to crash, with the plane almost empty and a coronavirus outbreak causing several air traffic control towers empty.
Even with very reduced flight schedules, the airline consolidates several other flights because passengers are not displayed.
A staff member from one of the major US airlines, who requested that they and their airlines not be identified, cancel more than a dozen flights with less than 10 passengers on Tuesday. In some cases, the number of pilots and flight attendants is lower.
“There are no passengers,” the official said, noting that the average flight was only more than 20% and that number was expected to fall to youth at the weekend.
On Monday, the Transportation Security Administration announced that it had inspected 331,000 people at the airport checkpoint. This is an 86% decrease from the same Monday last year when officials controlled more than 2.4 million people.
Large airlines plan if they need to close domestic flights due to lack of flight managers or airport controls.
“We have a plan in case this happens,” said an airline official. “This is a difficult situation.”
Other employees at other large transport companies call it “adequate emergency planning,” with health experts suggesting no more than 10 people.
“We have no plans to land voluntarily, (but) be careful of government measures … which can force us to land airlines,” such as the Federal Aviation Administration, which closes control towers or airspace, or orders airports to stop Silence, says people who, like others, speak on condition of anonymity to discuss plans that haven’t been published yet.
The Wall Street Journal has reported that government agents are considering booking a stop on almost all passenger flights in the United States. The newspaper said President Donald Trump and his advisers were reluctant to order part of the closure because passenger planes also carried US letters and important items.
The FAA, which offers national air traffic control, declined to comment whether the agency was considering an order to close it. “We do not comment on speculation,” FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said. “FAA focuses on the health and safety of its workforce and continues to offer a safe air transportation system.”
The towers at Midway International Airport in Chicago and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas remain closed on Tuesday, almost a week after closing, because some employees tested positive for the new corona virus. FAA employees at eight other facilities have also tested positive.
Officials have repeatedly refused to rule out the possibility of stopping the journey of domestic flights, saying that such obstacles are not imminent. President Donald Trump said on Monday that he was not considering new travel restrictions.
“They think we have a ban in the United States. We don’t do it,” he told a White House meeting. “We won’t have it. I hope he takes care of himself.”
The airlines and their unions have asked for Washington’s help. Republican proposals from the Senate provided $ 50 billion in loans and an additional $ 8 billion for transport companies. However, airlines say they need cash support to avoid layoffs in an industry that employs around 750,000 people.
Democratic House offers $ 40 billion in grants to airlines and contractors to help maintain workers’ wages and benefits. Democrats will add provisions, including asking airlines to cut their carbon footprint in half by 2050 and include union representatives on their councils. Leading Republicans from home immediately understate the proposal.
US airlines have cut most of their international flights and announced plans to cut US services by 40% in April. This drastic and scheduled service outage looks optimistic with no hope given that several people continue to fly.
According to FlightAware tracking service, more than 8,300 US flights were canceled on Tuesday. In some cases, airlines consolidate flights to avoid empty flights.
United Airlines canceled 51% of its flights, American Airlines lost 46% of its flight schedules, and Delta refused 39%, according to FlightAware. Southwest canceled 15%.
Recently, on March 8, TSA showed more than 2 million passengers, but the number continued to decline.
TSA said 24 screens and six employees at 14 US airports had tested positive for the new corona virus in the past two weeks. Recent confirmed cases have affected Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Detroit County, Detroit Wayne County, Indianapolis International Airport and Las Vegas McCarran Airport.
According to an industry group, a new virus and global recession will cause more financial damage to the airline than previously thought.
The International Air Transportation Association announced Tuesday that passenger revenue worldwide could drop to $ 252 billion, or 44%, due to a decrease in trips compared to the previous year. This is based on strict travel restrictions of up to three months, followed by slow economic recovery.
Less than three weeks ago, the group estimated the virus could cut airline revenue by $ 113 billion compared to 2019 before a new round of travel restrictions stopped most international air travel.
Delta Air Lines is the largest and most profitable airline in the world. On Tuesday, Standard & Poor’s downgraded Delta’s credit rating to speculation or junk status.