U.S. Airlines Operating 50% of Their Capacity

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According to the US Travel Association, the travel industry is in depression as demand for air travel is low. Last month there was a surge in the number of passengers at the airports. 

The number of passengers passed through security checkpoints was greater as compared to April 2020. The number of passengers passed through security checkpoints in the last week of May was about 949,000. But according to TSA data, the number of people passed through security checkpoints was 2 million in May 2019. 

However, the number of passengers at the airport is 86% lower than last year. Therefore, airlines have reduced the number of flights they operate. 

According to OAG, a global travel data provider has found that the US airlines have cut nearly 1,700 routes between January and May. 

Some U.S. Airlines that have chopped down their routes due to Covid-19. 

American Airlines

American Airlines was operating 800 routes in January. But, the number of routes came down to 520 in May. This is approximately a decline in routes by 35%. 

Americans had to cut the routes due to low customer demand. The airline will cut down 70% of its domestic capacity and 80% of international capacity for June as compared to the same month last year. It was expected that international flights will commence in May and June but now are expected to start in June and July. 

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines had 234 routes in January and in May it is operating with only 141 routes. This is a 40% decrease in its routes from the usual number of routes. 

Similarly, the airline’s demand also decreased in early spring and it planned to reduce the number of flights. Its flight schedule was decreased from April and May. However, it was about a decline of 70%, and the airline grounded 30 jets from its fleet. 

Frontier Airlines 

Frontier Airlines had a total of 238 routes in January but its number of routes came down to 141 in May. This is about a 41% decrease in its number of routes. 

Despite having low demand for travel due to COVID-19, Frontier Airlines has decided to operate with its entire fleet by July. The airline made this announcement after a few weeks of cutting its routes to about 35 US cities. The airline was flying with an average of nine passengers per flight whereas the aircraft has a capacity of flying with 186 passengers at a time. 

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines had 652 routes in January. The number of routes dropped to 381 in May as the demand for air travel also decreased. This is a 42% drop in its number of routes. 

Southwest is one of the world’s biggest airline in terms of its available seating capacity. However, it had to cut on its routes amidst the pandemic. Due to low demand, the airline had to lower its seat miles traveled by at least 20% through early June. 

United Airlines

United Airlines was operating 681 routes in January. But, the number of routes came down to 370 in May. This is approximately a decline in routes by 46%. 

Due to the emerging situation of the pandemic the airline had to cut its flights by 50% in April and May. It will not be restoring some of its flights for the summer season. Because of lesser flights the airline had to lay off thousands of employees. 

Moreover, it had to lay off 13 of its senior executives out of 67 executives. The company took this step to further cut costs, as there is still low demand for air travel. 

Delta Airlines 

Delta Airlines had a total of 687 routes in January but its number of routes came down to 341 in May. This is about a 50% decrease in its number of routes. 

The airline took the decision to reduce its number of flights as the world was hit by the pandemic causing the travel industry at a halt. 

CEO Ed Bastian said in March that due to low demand the airline plans to reduce its international flights by 20%-25%. However, there was a reduction in domestic flights by 10%-14%. 

JetBlue Airways

JetBlue Airways was operating with 149 routes in January. However, the airline had to reduce its number of routes in May to 67 as the Coronavirus pandemic unfolded. This is a 55% decrease in its number of routes. 

In April the airline took permission from the Department of Transportation officials to not operate its flights in 16 US airports until at lease Sept 30. Cities at which the operations were halted are Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Seattle, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Detroit.


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