The Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on U.S. Airlines

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Projected Global Airline Revenue Loss (IATA): $314 billion

Global Flights

Canceled

151,817

(+4,310)

U.S. Flights

Canceled

19,798

(+471)

*Last 30 days | (+): Yesterday. (Source)

U.S. Airline Stock Price Comparisons (2020)

Key Dates: Jan 21, 2020: U.S. Reports 1st COVID-19 Case [CDC]. Jan 31, 2020: U.S. declares public health emergency; American, Delta, & United suspend flights to/from China [New York Times]. Mar 3, 2020: Fed makes emergency rate cut by 0.5% [New York Times]. Mar 11, 2020: President Trump suspends all travel from Schengen Area [White House]. Mar 12, 2020: Markets worst crash since Black Monday 1987 [Washington Post]. Mar 16, 2020: Dow’s worst single-day point drop in history [Politico] Mar 19, 2020: U.S. coronavirus cases soared by more than 40% in just 24 hours [CNN]. Mar 24, 2020: Dow soars 11%+, biggest one-day jump since 1933 [Wall Street Journal].

Quick Facts

  • According to an Oxford Economics study, a $519 billion decline in travel spending in the US is expected in 2020. That would result in an economic loss of $1.2 trillion in economic output.
  • In Q2 of 2020, 6.9 million travel-related jobs are expected to be lost. “Travel industry losses will result in a cumulative GDP impact of $651 billion in 2020. This equates to 45% of the travel industry’s economic value last year.” (Source)
  • ~57% of global commercial aircraft are now in storage (widebodies, narrowbodies, and regional jets ). (Source)
  • 348,673 travelers passed through TSA Security checkpoints in the U.S. on May 22nd, 2020. That is the most since March 25th, 2020 — but is only a small fraction of the 2,673,635 that traveled through security a year prior.

U.S. Airline Bailout Fund Allocation in 2020

Total Number of Daily Commercial Flights (Global)

Approx Global In-Service vs. In-Storage Commercial Aircraft (2020)

TSA Checkpoint Foot Traffic – A Measure of Traveler Confidence?

Most Cancellations by U.S. Airport (Last 30 Days)

Canceled Flights by U.S. Airline

Flight Change and Cancellation Waivers; Capacity Changes (U.S. Airlines)

Last Reviewed: June 2, 2020

U.S. AirlineCoronavirus Flight Change/Cancellation WaiversCapacity & Network Changes
If your ticket was purchased on or before February 26, 2020 AND is for travel between March 9, 2020 – May 31, 2020 AND is a Saver ticket, you can cancel your ticket without a fee OR get a certificate for future travel. If your ticket is a non-refundable main, first class, or award ticket, you can either cancel your ticket without a fee OR change your trip (fare differences will apply) without a fee as long as your travel is completed by February 28, 2021.

If your ticket was purchased between February 27, 2020 – May 31, 2020 AND is for travel through February 28, 2021 AND is a Saver ticket, you can cancel your ticket without a fee OR get a certificate for future travel. If your ticket is a non-refundable main, first class, or award ticket, you can either cancel your ticket without a fee OR change your trip (fare differences will apply) without a fee as long as your travel is completed by February 28, 2021.

Find the most updated Alaska Airlines travel advisories here.
Reduced its network by at least 70% in April and May 2020. The airline will monitor demand and continue to reduce capacity on a rolling 15-day basis as needed.

Official SEC filing can be found here.
You can change or cancel your ticket once without any change/cancellation fees. If you cancel, you will receive a voucher for future travel, but will not get a refund.

Find the most updated Allegiant Air travel advisories here.
Reduced its network by 15% during April 2020 and May 2020, with expected cuts to grow to 30-35%. All non-airline project activity has been suspended.

Official press release can be found here.
If you purchased your ticket prior to March 1, 2020, for travel through May 31, 2020, you can change your flights without a fee.

If you have a ticket that is expiring between March 1 and September 30, 2020, the value of your unused ticket can be used for travel through December 31, 2021.

Any tickets purchased by May 31, 2020, for travel through September 30, 2020, you can rebook without change fees. Including award tickets.

As of April 8, 2020, American has implemented a new schedule change policy to only provide refunds to customers when schedule changes result in an overall delay of more than four hours, or when a customer goes from being booked on a nonstop, to being booked an itinerary with a connection.

Find the most updated American Airlines travel advisories here.
Reduced its international capacity by 80-90% until May 2020. Domestic capacity in April 2020 will be reduced by 60-70% compared to last year and in May 2020 will be reduced by 70-80% compared to last year.

The airline will continue to operate daily routes:

  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – London-Heathrow (LHR)
  • Miami (MIA) – London-Heathrow (LHR)
  • (3x weekly) Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Tokyo-Narita (NRT)

Official SEC filing can be found here.
For all travel through September 3, 2020, you can change your flight (fare differences will apply) one time without a fee. If you cancel, you will receive an eCredit voucher for future travel, but will not get a refund. Existing vouchers can also be extended through May 31, 2022.

If you purchased your ticket after March 1, 2020 - May 31, 2020, you can make unlimited changes to itineraries without fees (fare differences will apply). The new travel must depart on/before March 12, 2021.

Also, Delta tickets for travel in March or April set to expire before June 30, 2020, will be extended to a new December 31, 2020 expiration date.

Find the most updated Delta Air Lines travel advisories here.
Reduced its international capacity by 80% and domestic capacity by 70% from late March 2020 – late May 2020.

Official SEC 8-K filing can be found here and most up-to-date information can be found here.
If you purchased your ticket between March 10, 2020 – April 30, 2020, you can change or cancel your ticket one time without a fee (fare differences will apply). If you cancel your ticket, you’ll receive a credit towards a future flight purchase, which must be used within 90 days of cancellation.

If you purchased your ticket before March 10, 2020, for travel through April 30, 2020, you can change or cancel your ticket one time without a fee (fare differences will apply).

If you purchased your ticket before March 10, 2020 for travel between May 1, 2020 – May 31, 2020, you can change or cancel your ticket one time without a fee until March 31 only. Standard change fees will apply afterward.

Find the most updated Frontier Airlines travel advisories here.
Frontier Airlines is cutting more than 90% of flight capacity nationwide in April, eliminating all routes from Cleveland Hopkins except one, to Orlando.
If you purchased your ticket before March 1, 2020, for travel between March and May 2020, you can change your ticket without fees. You can change these tickets up to 1 year from the original ticket purchase date or December 31, 2020 (whichever is earlier). Fare differences apply.

If you purchased your ticket between March and May 2020, you can change your ticket without fees for travel up to 1 year after the initial ticket purchase date. Fare differences apply.

Find the most updated Hawaiian Airlines travel advisories here.
Reduced its overall capacity by nearly 40% (expected to increase as revenue is “virtually zero”.

Official press releases can be found in the Hawaiian Airlines newsroom.
JetBlue flights scheduled through June 30, 2020, can be changed or canceled it without a fee. You can rebook your trip anytime through October 24, 2020. If you choose to cancel your flight, you'll receive a JetBlue Travel Bank Credit which is valid for 18 months.

Change and cancellation fees will also be waived on any new bookings made by May 31, 2020, for travel through January 4, 2021.

For all cancellations, you’ll receive a JetBlue Travel Bank Credit, but you will not get a refund.

Find the most updated JetBlue travel advisories here.
Reduced its overall capacity by at least 40% in April 2020 and May 2020. Also JetBlue expects “substantial cuts in June and July”, to be determined.
If you purchased your ticket for travel through April 30, 2020, you can change your ticket up to 60 days from the original flight date. You can also use this ticket towards a future purchase up to 1 year after the original ticket purchase date.

Tickets that have expired or will expire between March 1 - May 31, 2020 as well as tickets created because of a flight cancellation between March 1 - May 31, 2020, will now expire on June 30, 2021.

In some cases, you may be able to rebook your ticket without fare differences depending on the overall fare difference, but you must follow the same route.

Find the most updated Southwest Airlines travel advisories here.
Reduced its overall capacity by at least 20% from April 14, 2020 – June 5, 2020. All international service has been suspended, as of March 22, 2020. The aim is to resume normal international service on May 4.
You can cancel your ticket and receive a credit in your account, valid for 6 months after your cancellation date. Although the credit must be used within 6 months, it can be used for travel beyond the 6-month window.

Find the most updated Spirit Airlines travel advisories here.
Reduced its overall capacity by 20% in April 2020 and 25% in May 2020.

Official SEC 8-K filing can be found here or at the Investor Relations subpage of Spirit Airlines’ website.
If you purchased your ticket on/before March 2, 2020 for travel between March 3, 2020 – May 31, 2020, you can change or cancel your ticket without fees. New tickets must be issued within 12 months after the original ticket purchase date or on/before December 31, 2020, whichever is earlier. Rebooked travel must begin within 12 months of the original ticket issue date. Fare differences will apply. If you cancel your ticket, you’ll get a credit for future travel, but not a refund.

If you purchased your ticket between March 3, 2020 – March 31, 2020, you can change or cancel your ticket for free for the next 12 months (fare differences will apply). However, you will not receive the fare difference back if your new ticket is cheaper. You will also pay the fare difference if your new ticket is more expensive.

Find the most updated United Airlines travel advisories here.
Reduced its international capacity by 90% in April and May of 2020, with the exception of some international flights focused on repatriation. United is expecting a similar reduction in capacity for June 2020.

These routes include:

  • Newark (EWR) – Amsterdam (AMS)
  • Newark (EWR) – Munich (MUC)
  • Newark (EWR) – Brussels (BRU)
  • Washington-Dulles (IAD) – London-Heathrow (LHR)
  • San Francisco (SFO) – Frankfurt (FRA)
  • Newark (EWR) – São Paulo
  • San Francisco (SFO) – Seoul-Incheon (ICN).

Visit the United Airlines Newsroom for the most up-to-date information.

*Travelers are defined as American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning home after recently visiting China, the Schengen Area of Europe, & Iran. These travelers must self-quarantine for 14 days after their arrival or if symptomatic, be referred to CDC for further evaluation. The entry of non-U.S. citizens who are from or have recently been in China, Iran, or certain European countries is explicitly banned until further notice. (Source)

Shelter-In-Place / Stay-At-Home Orders (State by State)

Travel Safety for U.S. Travelers

  • Travelers are highly recommended to join Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to be able to receive up-to-date alerts and so you can be located in an emergency.
  • In an emergency, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate — or call 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the U.S. or Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries or jurisdictions. (Source)

Travel Resources

Official COVID-19 Airline Information Centers

Latest U.S. Airline News 2020

  • May 30

    • Southwest Airlines CEO sees low-fare environment when traffic returns (Reuters)


  • May 29

    • Cities push back as airlines seek dozens of new service cuts. Is your airport on the list? (USA Today)
    • United cuts 13 high-level executives as travel demand ‘still a very long way from where it was’ (CNBC)
    • Fear and anger are growing inside United Airlines, where workers are slamming the company… (Business Insider)
    • Coronavirus: How safe is it to get on a plane? (BBC)


  • May 28

    • Delta offers employees buyouts, retirement as coronavirus hurts travel demand, while United… (CNBC)
    • Leaked memo reveals American Airlines is offering up to a decade of free flights and frequent-flyer… (Business Insider)
    • Steep Layoffs At American Airlines Ensure Crisis Is Not Wasted (Forbes)
    • Budget airlines put squeeze on airports in coronavirus cost drive (Reuters)
    • Travel uptick: Airlines, hotels hope holiday weekend travel revival points to COVID-19 comeback (USA Today)


  • May 27

    • American Airlines to allow travelers to switch from crowded flights as coronavirus fears linger (CNBC)
    • Thinking About Flying? Here’s What You Need to Know Now (The New York Times)
    • Before COVID-19 stopped the world, Southwest was voted best airline in this survey (USA Today)
    • Boeing restarted 737 Max production just hours after saying it would lay off thousands of workers (Business Insider)


  • May 26

    • Boeing and Airbus Study How Coronavirus Behaves During Air Travel (The Wall Street Journal)
    • Airline stocks take off as COVID-19 restrictions ease, more travelers fly (Market Watch)
    • Airlines crumble around the globe amid coronavirus pandemic (Reuters)


  • May 25


  • May 24

    • Airlines improve coronavirus safety protocols to lure back anxious passengers (MarketWatch)
    • Flying during the pandemic? Here’s what you need to know (CNBC)
    • If you refuse to take a crowded flight, can you get a refund? (Today)


  • May 23

    • After Months of Steep Declines, Air Traffic Is Picking Up (NPR)
    • U.S. Bullies China To Allow More Passenger Flights Despite Coronavirus Travel Restrictions (Forbes)
    • One final viral infusion: Trump’s move to block travel from Europe triggered chaos and a… (The Washington Post)


  • May 22

    • Airlines Given Tentative OK to Halt Service at Dozens of U.S. Cities (The New York Times)
    • Here’s how Covid-19 could change the way we fly (CNN Travel)
    • Don’t Discount the Impact of Covid-19’s Psychological Toll on Travel’s Recovery (Skift)


  • May 21

    • TSA updates airport screening measures amid coronavirus: Face masks, food out of carry-ons, more (USA Today)
    • Delta, JetBlue criticized for cutting employee hours after receiving billions in coronavirus relief (The Washington Post)
    • Southwest CEO Says Airline to Limit Seats Through July (Skift)
    • Even more iconic planes are disappearing from the sky earlier than planned as the coronavirus… (Business Insider)


  • May 20

    • U.S. airlines step up safety measures in preparation for recovery (Reuters)
    • United Airlines unveils coronavirus safety guide in effort to restore confidence after backlash over… (MarketWatch)
    • JetBlue blocking middle seats through Fourth of July as airlines face backlash for not social distancing (USA Today)
    • How Airline Food Is Changing During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Food & Wine)


  • May 19

    • U.S. airlines see glimmers of demand, a turning point in the pandemic (CNBC)
    • United Airlines’ new CEO Kirby takes the reins, aiming to ‘get through hell as quickly as possible’ (CNBC)
    • Airlines say ticket cancellations slowing; business models may change (Reuters)


  • May 18

    • The New Airline Travel: Fewer Flights, More Layovers, Rules for Bathrooms (The Wall Street Journal)
    • As flying returns, jetmakers seek to quell fears over cabin air (Reuters)
    • The shortest flight route in the US is now a 29-mile American Airlines trip connecting two of… (Business Insider)


  • May 17

    • Airlines Plan More International Flights To China, Expecting Coronavirus Travel Restrictions To… (Forbes)
    • Post-coronavirus travel ‘will be as enjoyable as open-heart surgery,’ Dubai Airports CEO says (USA Today)
    • Is the Covid-19 crisis the catalyst for greening the world’s airlines? (The Guardian)


  • May 16

    • Will COVID-19 Permanently Ground Airlines? (The Motley Fool)
    • For Airlines Strapped by Coronavirus, the Repo Man Is the Latest Challenge (The Wall Street Journal)
    • JetBlue’s Founder Helped Fund A Stanford Study That Said The Coronavirus Wasn’t That Deadly (BuzzFeed News)


  • May 15

    • Coronavirus FAQs: How Risky Is It To Fly? Is There Any Way To Reduce The Risks? (NPR)
    • Refund-related lawsuits against airlines are taking off. But will they succeed? (USA Today)
    • Leaked memo shows United is trying to convince some workers to quit ahead of layoffs, and it’s… (Business Insider)
    • Airline Capacity Reduction Reaching its Bottom, Says OAG (Business Traveler)
    • Two charts that show an uptick in U.S. air travel — but a long road back to anywhere near normal (CNBC)


  • May 14

    • Air travel won’t return to pre-crisis levels until 2023, IATA chief warns (CNBC)
    • Delta, others wrestle with too many planes, too many pilots (Reuters)
    • Delta will retire its iconic Boeing 777 fleet because of the coronavirus pandemic, an unexpected… (Business Insider)
    • The coronavirus travel crisis shuttered these three US airlines. Will more go under as well? (USA Today)


  • May 13

    • ‘We must give this money back’: Lawmakers seek to make airlines offer refunds to all amid pandemic (USA Today)
    • Flight attendants won’t enforce their policy requiring passengers to wear masks, major airlines say (Business Insider)
    • As the coronavirus pandemic continues, which airlines are flying where and why? (CNN Travel)
    • Covid-19 Will Change Airlines, Not Airline Economics (The Wall Street Journal)
    • 15 ways air travel might be different in the future, from immunity passports to blood tests (Insider)


  • May 12

    • Feds Warn Airlines Once Again To Offer Customers Refunds (NPR)
    • Ready to fly again? Southwest touting summer fare sale with one-way fares starting at $49 (USA Today)
    • How Boeing and Airbus Plan to Survive as Coronavirus Reshapes Aviation — Video (The Wall Street Journal)
    • Exclusive: U.S. airlines tell crews not to force passengers to wear masks (Reuters)


  • May 11

    • Boeing CEO predicts coronavirus pandemic will claim a major U.S. airline. He didn’t name names (USA Today)
    • World’s second-oldest airline, Avianca, driven to bankruptcy by coronavirus (CNBC)
    • United says it won’t guarantee empty middle seats on its aircrafts after a San Francisco doctor tweeted… (Business Insider)


  • May 10

    • Don’t expect an automatic refund from airlines: Here’s why they don’t refund customers even after… (Business Insider)
    • White House planning airport temperature checks despite CDC warning… (Business Insider)
    • The Airline Business Is Terrible. It Will Probably Get Even Worse. (The New York Times)
    • The People Flying During The Pandemic And How Airlines Are Trying To Protect Them (NPR)
    • Packed United flight leaves passengers ‘scared,’ ‘shocked’ amid fears of the coronavirus (USA Today)


  • May 9

    • Major U.S. airlines endorse temperature checks for passengers (Reuters)
    • UK ‘to bring in 14-day quarantine’ for air passengers (BBC)


  • May 8

    • Airline stocks snap losing streak as JetBlue deems demand has already bottomed (Market Watch)
    • Delta will suspend service to 10 U.S. airports starting May 13 (Reuters)
    • US lawmakers urge Mnuchin to crack down on airlines cutting worker hours after taking billions… (CNBC)


  • May 7

    • Frontier Airlines will drop open-seat fee that drew accusations of coronavirus profiteering (USA Today)
    • Are travelers starting to fly again? Spirit, JetBlue say yes, with an asterisk (USA Today)
    • JetBlue reports loss, revises Airbus orders to save $1 billion through 2022 (Reuters)
    • Rolls-Royce signals job cuts as lowers engine output forecast (Reuters)


  • May 6

    • United Airlines to raise $2.25 billion through bond offering (Reuters)
    • Exclusive: U.S. airlines burn through $10 billion a month as traffic plummets (Reuters)
    • United workers are suing the airline for cutting their schedules to save cash, which… (Business Insider)
    • United Airlines Backs Away From Forced Moves To Part-Time After Machinists File Suit (Forbes)
    • Southwest CEO: TSA should check passenger temperatures amid coronavirus pandemic (USA Today)
    • The Future Of Travel – How the industry will change after the pandemic (The New York Times)


  • May 5

    • Global airlines body IATA opposes leaving middle seats empty (Reuters)
    • Frontier Airlines charging passengers $39 to sit next to an empty seat as part of coronavirus… (Newsweek)
    • Airlines want relief from flying near-empty planes as passenger numbers hit lowest since the 1950s amid virus (CNBC)
    • When will we start traveling again? Here’s what experts are saying (CNBC)
    • Flying During Coronavirus: How Airlines Are Changing Their In-Flight Rules (Condé Nast Traveler)


  • May 4

    • Travelers spent $8.6 billion on baggage, change fees last year. Airlines won’t get that pay day in 2020 (USA Today)
    • United Airlines to cut 30% of management in October, preparing pilot changes too: company memos (Reuters)
    • Higher fares, longer waits, no booze: How coronavirus will change the way we fly (NBC)
    • Airlines working to ensure thousands of parked planes are ready to fly again (ABC)
    • GE Aviation plans to cut 13,000 jobs as coronavirus hits air travel demand (CNBC)


  • May 3

    • Debt, Overcapacity Are Why Warren Buffett Sells Airline Stocks During Coronavirus… (Forbes)
    • One Wall Street analyst reveals why Southwest could be the best airline play for investors looking… (Business Insider)
    • Southwest Airlines CEO claims it’s safe to fly despite coronavirus pandemic (New York Post)
    • Spirit will require passengers to wear face masks amid pandemic; 3 airlines mandate them Monday (USA Today)


  • May 2

    • U.S. Airlines Brace for Slow Recovery as Coronavirus Losses Mount (The Wall Street Journal)
    • Warren Buffett Sells Airline Stocks Amid Coronavirus: ‘I Made A Mistake’ (Forbes)
    • An $85 Billion Airline Rescue May Only Prolong the Pain (Bloomberg)


  • May 1

    • United sees ‘zero’ travel demand, says major layoffs loom if bookings don’t pick up by fall (USA Today)
    • Airlines have grounded more than 16,000 planes — here’s a look at what it takes to park them (CNBC)
    • The new normal? US airlines announce requirements for passengers to wear face masks (USA Today)
    • Help! My Flight Was Canceled and I Still Can’t Get a Refund (The New York Times)


  • April 30

    • American Airlines loses $2.2 billion in first quarter as coronavirus roiled air travel (CNBC)
    • Passengers Must Wear Masks On Major Airlines To Cut Spread Of Coronavirus (NPR)
    • United Airlines says coronavirus pandemic is worst crisis ‘in the history of aviation’ (MarketWatch)


  • April 29

    • Airbus says virus aviation crisis still at ‘early stage’ (Associated Press)
    • Boeing Cuts Its Workforce Due To The Coronavirus Crisis (NPR)
    • March figures reveal scale of initial coronavirus hit on airline traffic (Flight Global)
    • Coronavirus Pushes Aviation Industry in New Directions – The … (The New York Times)


  • April 28

    • Face masks for passengers now required on all JetBlue flights (NBC)
    • Southwest Airlines posts first loss since 2011, sees revenue down as much as 95% in May (CNBC)
    • American Airlines will give flyers protective gear to help slow coronavirus spread (The Hill)
    • US coronavirus cases top 1 million, lawmakers urge airlines to make face masks mandatory (CNBC)


  • April 27

    • An Uptick in Fraud Is Complicating Airline Refunds for Canceled Flights (Skift)
    • A stark photo of a packed American Airlines flight reveals that airlines are ignoring social distancing… (Business Insider)
    • Boeing CEO Sees Years Of Recovery From Coronavirus Ahead For Aviation Industry (NPR)
    • Airbus warns it is ‘bleeding cash’ and may need more job cuts (The Guardian)
    • Absent vaccine, airline industry may be gutted for years (Politico)
    • GE Bet on Aviation to Pull Through Its Troubles; Then Coronavirus Hit (The Wall Street Journal)


  • April 26

    • 5 reasons why you should buy a plane ticket for travel later this year — and 7 reasons why you shouldn’t (Business Insider)
    • Airbus survival at stake without immediate action -CEO memo (Reuters)
    • Unlike Airline Passengers, Cargo Never Complains. But Can It Make Money For … (Forbes)
    • Flight Attendants Warn: The Airlines Need To Stop Flying Now (Forbes)


  • April 25

    • United, Frontier now require flight attendants to wear face masks. Are passengers next? (USA Today)
    • Treasury Distributed $12.4 Billion in Airline Payroll Grants This Week (The Wall Street Journal)
    • Boeing Terminates $4.2 Billion Deal to Buy Stake in Embraer Unit (The New York Times)
    • U.S. airlines receive extra $9.5 billion in payroll support: U.S. Treasury (Reuters)


  • April 24

    • Boeing 737 MAX Faces New Source of Delay—Coronavirus (The Wall Street Journal)
    • Passengers on a packed American Airlines flight to New York didn’t wear masks, and… (Business Insider)
    • United now requires flight attendants to wear masks. Union urges same rule for passengers, too (CNBC)
    • How Coronavirus Will Forever Change Airlines and the Way We Fly (Bloomberg)


  • April 23

    • Few Travelers, Few Flights and Now, a Total Airport Shutdown (The New York Times)
    • IATA Says Recovery of Airline Industry Hinges on Vaccine — Video (Bloomberg)
    • US airlines are losing money for the first time in years as coronavirus ends travel boom (CNBC)


  • April 22

    • Delta sees few signs travelers are itching to fly even as coronavirus restrictions ease (USA Today)
    • Coach-Class Dreaded Middle Seat Is Gone, for Now (Bloomberg)
    • American Airlines raises checked bag fees amid coronavirus … (Business Insider)
    • Delta reports its first loss in five years as coronavirus ravages airlines (CNN)
    • Air traffic and travel falls worldwide to coronavirus: graphs … (Business Insider)
    • U.S. will temporarily shrink operating hours at 100 air traffic towers (Reuters)


  • April 21

    • Airlines Offer Vouchers, Credits For Canceled Flights. Customers Want Cash (NPR)
    • Treasury begins payments to airlines for coronavirus-related relief (The Washington Post)
    • Travelers are booking flights again despite coronavirus lockdown (New York Post)
    • Delta CFO calls off retirement as coronavirus roils the airline business (CNBC)


  • April 20

    • United lost $2.1 billion in the first quarter because of coronavirus, and it’s a dark… (Business Insider)
    • America’s ‘Big Three’ Airlines Prepare for a Very Painful Fall (Bloomberg)
    • Exclusive: Airbus puts six jets made for AirAsia up for sale as crisis deepens (Reuters)


  • April 19

    • United selling and leasing back 22 planes in bid to conserve cash during coronavirus pandemic (CNBC)
    • For airlines in freefall, the return route will be long and bumpy (Fortune)
    • CDB Financial Leasing cancels purchase of 29 Boeing 737 MAX jets (Reuters)


  • April 18

    • Coronavirus travel upside: More airlines banish the dreaded middle seat (USA Today)
    • Do Credit-Card Points, Airline Miles Expire During Coronavirus? (Bloomberg)
    • Will Travel Change After Coronavirus? Here’s What Experts Have to Say (Travel + Leisure)


  • April 17

    • U.S airlines sitting on $10 billion owed to consumers for canceled flights, lawmakers say (Reuters)
    • Airlines Are Being Bailed Out Again, Here’s What Economists Think Will Happen Next (Forbes)
    • ‘Huge environmental waste’ as US airlines fly near-empty planes (The Guardian)
    • FAA, CDC to Update Guidance to Flight Crews on Coronavirus Precautions (The New York Times)


  • April 16

    • Flights to these cities could be nixed as bailed-out airlines seek service cuts (USA Today)
    • United execs warn of ‘tough decisions ahead,’ stark industry outlook amid coronavirus (USA Today)
    • United expects to fly fewer people during all of May than it did in a single day last year, the airline’s CEO… (Business Insider)
    • Travelers Consider Their Risk Tolerance (The New York Times)


  • April 15

    • The real reason U.S. airlines and Boeing went for a combined $73.7 billion in buybacks (Washington Post)
    • American Airlines CEO: ‘It certainly feels like we’re at bottom’ as revenue tumbles 90% (CNBC)
    • Emirates Airline Begins Conducting Rapid COVID-19 Tests For Boarding Passengers (NPR)
    • How to Make Sure Your Canceled Flight Is Eligible for a Refund, According to Travel Experts (Video) (Travel + Leisure)
    • Coronavirus Air Travel: What Needs to Happen Before We Fly Again? (Condé Nast Traveler)


  • April 14

    • COVID-19 Puts Over Half of 2020 Passenger Revenues at Risk (IATA)
    • Airlines Reach Agreement With Treasury Department On Share Of Coronavirus Aid (NPR)
    • An Airline Bailout Is Taking Shape (The New York Times)


  • April 13

    • Thousands of American Airlines pilots, flight attendants take leave, early retirement (USA Today)
    • United, Delta Weigh Selling Miles Early to Raise Cash in Coronavirus Crisis (Wall Street Journal)
    • ‘Mostly empty’: Covid-19 has nearly shut down world’s busiest airport (The Guardian)


  • April 12

    • Airlines Hesitate Over Coronavirus Stimulus Package’s Aid Terms (Wall Street Journal)
    • When coronavirus goes away, will all the cheap flights go away with it? No and here’s why (USA Today)


  • April 11

    • Exclusive: Treasury Wants Warrants, Repayment From Major U.S. Airlines on 30% of … (The New York Times)
    • Airlines want U.S. Treasury to scrap proposal to make some grant money repayable (Reuters)
    • New Delta Air Lines boarding procedures aimed at preventing spread of coronavirus (USA Today)


  • April 10

    • Treasury briefing U.S. airlines on $32 billion grant program. (Yahoo Finance)
    • Treasury Department says larger airlines need to compensate taxpayers for coronavirus aid as talks drag on (CNBC)
    • Thousands of Delta workers take unpaid leave amid coronavirus (New York Post)
    • Airbus shelves plans for new A321 plant as coronavirus crisis hits (The Guardian)


  • April 9

    • Airlines and TSA report 96% drop in air travel as pandemic continues. (CNN)
    • Coronavirus: Airlines should start hearing back about their bailout applications by Friday. (CNBC)
    • ‘Airlines are playing games’: Amid coronavirus, passengers battle to get refunds for canceled flights. (Chicago Tribune)


  • April 8

    • At least 100 American Airlines flight attendants have contracted the coronavirus. (Business Insider)
    • As COVID-19 cases mount, flight attendants grow increasingly fearful of flying. (Washington Post)
    • What the coronavirus means for elite airplane passengers. (CNN)


  • April 7

    • Airlines want to cancel rule requiring them to refund fares for canceled flights. (NPR)
    • If you must fly, here are some tips to do it safely. (CNN)
    • Delta donates 200,000 pounds of food to hospitals, food banks during the coronavirus crisis. (USA Today)
    • 25 million jobs at risk with airline shutdown. (IATA)
    • Silence on airline grants as deadline slips. (Politico)


  • April 6

    • Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway sells off airline stocks, airline industry hit hard by virus. (Yahoo Finance)
    • Airline flights into and out if New York City cut drastically because of the coronavirus. (NPR)
    • Coronavirus brings Boeing’s US airplane production to a halt. (CNBC)
    • U.S. airlines begin negotiations for coronavirus aid focused on front-line workers.(Washington Post)
    • Flight attendants call for ‘a halt to all leisure travel’ amid the coronavirus. (HuffPost)


  • April 5

    • Airlines slash more than 90% of flights to coronavirus hot spot NYC. (CNBC)
    • Top Democrats press treasury to accelerate airline bailout. (The New York Times)
    • With the coronavirus shutdowns, airlines learn to manage without flying many planes. (Wall Street Journal)
    • Delta extends loyalty program elite status for one year. (Forbes)


  • April 4

    • Airlines apply for relief payments amid coronavirus slowdown. (NPR)
    • Delta is burning through $60 million per day. (Simple Flying)
    • Airlines ordered to refund cost of flights canceled by virus. (Bloomberg)
    • Routes: U.S. says airlines must maintain domestic service. (SFGate)


  • April 3

    • DOT: Airlines must give refunds — not just vouchers — when flights are axed amid coronavirus (CNBC)
    • Travelers are using the coronavirus pandemic to rack up airline miles from cheap flights (Insider)
    • Airlines are canceling flights, burning through cash as passengers (MarketWatch)
    • How is the coronavirus affecting global air traffic? (The Guardian)


  • April 2

    • What to expect the next time you fly — changes airlines have made in response to the coronavirus pandemic. (Business Insider)
    • Durbin denies Congress is rescuing airline shareholders with $50 billion bailout. (CNBC)
    • To Stay Aloft With Federal Aid, Airlines Must Keep Flying. (NPR)
    • American Airlines cutting international summer schedule by 60%. (CNBC)


  • April 1

    • How the coronavirus grounded the airline industry. (Wall Street Journal)
    • Trump considers canceling domestic flights to coronavirus hot spots. (Reuters)
    • Airlines will offer fewer choices and higher fares after the coronavirus crisis. (CNN)
    • Flight attendants urge government not to take airline stakes. (Wall Street Journal)


  • March 31

    • What it takes for an airline to ground its fleet amid coronavirus. (Condé Nast Traveler)
    • Airlines receiving coronavirus aid will be allowed to consolidate routes into fewer airports. (CNBC)
    • U.S. airlines must continue flying if they accept coronavirus relief. (USA Today)


  • March 30

    • Coronavirus: U.S. Still Seeing Thousands Of Flights, Despite A Drop In Air Travel (NPR)
    • Delta, American, United, Southwest workers work cut due to… (Business Insider)


  • March 29

    • 90% fewer passengers are flying than last year because of coronavirus, TSA says (USA Today)
    • Consolidating flights to U.S. cities could help stem airline industry losses (CNBC)
    • Global airlines raised more than $17 billion from banks in weeks (Bloomberg)
    • 50 TSA screening officers and 19 more employees test positive for coronavirus (USA Today)


  • March 28

    • Thousands of grounded planes. Nearly empty flights. How the coronavirus is affecting U.S. airlines (CNN)
    • These airlines are cutting the most flights as Coronavirus crushes air travel (The Motley Fool)
    • Coronavirus: Delta flying medical volunteers to ‘significantly impacted’ areas of U.S. for free (USA Today)


  • March 27

    • Relief package includes billions for Boeing and airlines (NPR)
    • Airlines will get the $60 billion bailout they asked for (Business Insider)
    • Airlines tell employees to prepare for difficult times (The New York Times)
    • FAA takes steps to address the effects of COVID-19 on the aviation industry (FAA)
    • Treasury: U.S. will be ‘compensated’ for assistance to airlines (Reuters)


  • March 26

    • $2 trillion U.S. Coronavirus relief comes without climate stipulations (The Guardian)
    • Airlines owe you a refund when they cancel a flight. So why is United balking during Coronavirus crisis? (USA Today)
    • Hotels and airports see jaw-dropping declines in foot traffic in March (Skift)
    • Delta, American, and other airlines are parking planes on closed runways (Business Insider)
    • More airlines are stuffing cargo into passenger seats to counter Coronavirus slump (Forbes)


  • March 25

    • Coronavirus among air traffic control workers could threaten U.S. aviation system (Politico)
    • Airlines set for $32 billion in cash aid to keep workers, clearing hurdle for Coronavirus bill (CNBC)
    • Inside American Airlines’ Scramble as Virus Grounds Jets by Hundreds (The New York Times)
    • Southwest, Delta, American Airlines reduce food, drink services to combat spread of coronavirus (USA Today)
    • 55 global airlines have completely stopped flying scheduled flights (Business Insider)


  • March 24

    • Airlines could completely shut down flights in the U.S. as the coronavirus rages on (Business Insider)
    • Here is where airlines are parking all those grounded planes as travel dries up (LA Times)
    • Percent of companies expect business travel to resume within 3 months: new poll (Skift)
    • The drop in aircraft flights because of the coronavirus may affect weather forecasts (CNN)


  • March 23

    • U.S. domestic passenger flights could virtually shut down, voluntarily or by government order (Wall Street Journal)
    • Coronavirus shockwave rocks airplane manufacturers, suppliers (Reuters)
    • GE cuts 10% of U.S. aviation unit workers, will increase medical equipment output amid virus (CNBC)
    • Airlines ground flights, count mounting costs of the Coronavirus shock (Reuters)


  • March 22

    • ‘Existential crisis’: Airline workers fear layoffs amid Coronavirus pandemic (The Guardian)
    • Airlines tell Congress they need cash Coronavirus aid or thousands will be furloughed (CNBC)


  • March 21

    • Coronavirus briefly grounds flights to NYC-area and Philadelphia airports (NBC)
    • FAA says 11 air traffic facilities affected by coronavirus outbreak (Washington Post)


  • March 20

    • Hundreds of U.S. cities could be without air travel if small airlines go under (CNN)
    • Hundreds of U.S. flights canceled after air traffic Coronavirus cases (Yahoo Finance)
    • Six ways Coronavirus could hurt aviation over the long term (Forbes)


  • March 19

    • American Airlines secures $1 billion credit line to deal with Coronavirus crisis (Reuters)
    • What will happen to my elite status and points because of the Coronavirus? (US News & World Report)
    • Don’t want to fly during coronavirus crisis? Don’t rush to cancel that ticket. Here’s why (USA Today)
    • Among worst-hit airlines, investors bet who will fall first (Bloomberg)
    • Delta, United, and other airlines are sending their largest planes to the desert (Business Insider)


  • March 18

    • Airlines urgently need up to $200 billion to survive as coronavirus pushes industry deeper into crisis (Market Watch)
    • American, Delta, United slash more flights  (USA Today)
    • How U.S. airlines are adapting to ongoing Coronavirus concerns (Video) (Travel + Leisure)


  • March 17

    • U.S. airlines, saying it will take a ‘long time’ to recover, try to quickly reduce workforce (Reuters)
    • Coronavirus travel bailout: Trump says financial help on the way (USA Today)
    • Airlines are begging for a bailout, but they’ve used 96% of their cash flow (Business Insider)
    • Virus creates world’s longest passenger flight (CNN Travel)


  • March 16

    • Airlines seek $50 billion Coronavirus aid package (Wall Street Journal)
    • U.S. airlines seek nearly $60 billion bailout (Politico)
    • Coronavirus flight cuts may last till summer. Airlines seek aid (LA Times)
    • Coronavirus forces airlines to consider a once unthinkable possibility — halting U.S. flights (CNBC)


  • March 15

    • Trump: Avoid ‘discretionary travel,’ but no restrictions on travel within the U.S. (USA Today)
    • Americans returning from abroad face hours-long lines at U.S. airports for Coronavirus screening (CNBC)
    • 7-hour waits at U.S. airports due to Coronavirus screening (The New York Times)
    • U.S. airports in disarray over screening (BBC)


  • March 14

    • As Coronavirus spreads, U.S. travel providers are cutting back their services (Time)
    • Iconic planes are disappearing from the sky earlier than planned as Coronavirus wreaks airline havoc (Business Insider)
    • American Airlines cutting international flights by 75% amid demand collapse (Reuters)


  • March 13

    • Inside Delta’s command center the week the Coronavirus devastated the airline industry (Washington Post)
    • Airline stocks soar on hopes for financial relief from Coronavirus (CNBC)
    • U.S. airports grapple with Coronavirus travel disruption (Flight Global)


  • March 12

    • Airlines cancel flights and lay off workers as stocks plummet (The New York Times)
    • American Airlines, United Airlines set fare caps after Europe Coronavirus travel ban (USA Today)
    • U.S. airports calm after Trump’s Coronavirus travel restrictions as Europe scrambles (The Guardian)


  • March 11

    • Delta, JetBlue and 15 other airlines are dropping flight change fees because of the Coronavirus outbreak (Market Watch)
    • FAA chief: Coronavirus risk ‘no higher’ on planes (The Hill)
    • Airlines will stop Coronavirus ‘ghost flights’—now we need to rethink the future of flying (Fast Company)
    • World’s airlines savaged anew by Trump travel clampdown (Bloomberg)


  • March 10

    • Travel slump worsens as airlines try to blame media (Politico)
    • U.S. airlines say they can absorb impact of Coronavirus on travel (The New York Times)
    • Delta and American cut flights, freeze hiring as Coronavirus hurts travel demand (CNBC)
    • United Airlines’ U.S. bookings plunge 70% as Coronavirus spreads (CNBC)


  • March 9

    • Global fear of flying spawns crisis for airlines (Wall Street Journal)
    • Bargain airfares not enough to entice travelers ‘fearful at any price’ amid Coronavirus (CNBC)


  • March 8

    • What you need to know about changing or canceling your travel plans because of the Coronavirus (Business Insider)


  • March 7

    • ‘No coordination coming from the government,’ says America’s top flight attendant (Business Insider)
    • Official: White House didn’t want to tell seniors not to fly (Associated Press)


  • March 6

    • Airlines are burning thousands of gallons of fuel flying empty ‘ghost’ planes (Business Insider)
    • Southwest Airlines chief compares drop in travel over Coronavirus to 9/11 (The Guardian)
    • Coronavirus travel tips: To fly or not to fly? What happens if you cancel? (NPR)
    • Here’s how Coronavirus spreads on a plane—and the safest place to sit (National Geographic)


  • March 5

    • Coronavirus Could Cost Airlines $113 Billion in Revenue (Investopedia)
    • ‘Almost Without Precedent’: Airlines Hit Hard by Coronavirus (The New York Ttimes)
    • Coronavirus is battering the airline industry, turning some airports into ghost towns (NBC News)


  • March 4

    • ‘It’s very safe to fly’: Trump assures public during Coronavirus meeting with airline execs (USA Today)
    • Airlines feel deepening impact as Coronavirus upends travel (The New York Times)
    • Flybe becomes the first airline to die because of Coronavirus (Skift)


  • March 3

    • Coronavirus: Airlines to fly 40 million fewer seats in first months of 2020 (Airline Ratings)
    • No hot towel service, more masks — flight attendants seek protections against Coronavirus spread (CNBC)
    • How to disinfect your space on an airplane (The New York Times)


  • March 2

    • Major airlines, U.S. officials clash over passenger tracking related to coronavirus cases (Washington Post)
    • US officials want more traveler information from airlines to aid coronavirus response (CNN)
    • What are airlines doing to protect travellers? (Business Traveller)


  • March 1

    • Nervous about buying a plane ticket? American, Delta, United waiving change fees amid coronavirus crisis (USA Today)
    • Delta, American suspending flights to Milan as coronavirus cuts spread to Italy (USA Today)
    • Can You Cancel Travel Plans Because Of Novel Coronavirus COVID-19? (Forbes)


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