• United Airlines forecasts 85 percent plunge in passenger revenue

    United Airlines forecasts 85 percent plunge in passenger revenue

    United Airlines on Wednesday forecast a bigger drop in third-quarter passenger revenue than its own expectations and said it would look to cancel more flights until it sees a recovery in air travel. United said it now expects an 85 percent drop in passenger revenue, a closely watched performance measure in the airline industry, down …
  • Emirates airline pays $1.4 billion in COVID-19 travel refunds

    Emirates airline pays $1.4 billion in COVID-19 travel refunds

    The Emirates airline has shelled out roughly $1.4 billion in coronavirus-related travel refunds — and it’s not done yet. The Dubai-based carrier revealed the figure in a Monday news release, saying it had completed more than 1.4 million refund requests since March, when the COVID-19 pandemic upended air travel around the world. But Emirates said …
  • United Airlines to cut 16,370 jobs amid COVID-19 downturn

    United Airlines to cut 16,370 jobs amid COVID-19 downturn

    United Airlines said Wednesday it is preparing to furlough 16,370 workers on Oct. 1 as the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate the airline industry. Chicago-based United had over 90,000 employees before the pandemic brought the industry to a near standstill in March and had warned in July that 36,000 jobs were at risk of involuntary …
  • United Airlines dropping widely scorned ticket-change fees

    United Airlines dropping widely scorned ticket-change fees

    United Airlines says it listened to customers and is dropping an unpopular $200 fee for most people who change a ticket for travel within the United States. “When we hear from customers about where we can improve, getting rid of fees is often the top request,” United CEO Scott Kirby said in a video posted …
  • American Airlines to slash 19,000 jobs as COVID-19 cuts demand

    American Airlines to slash 19,000 jobs as COVID-19 cuts demand

    American Airlines said Tuesday its workforce will shrink by 40,000, including 19,000 involuntary cuts, in October as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to weigh on air travel, unless the government extends aid for airline employee payrolls. Airlines received $25 billion in US government stimulus funds in March meant to cover payrolls and protect jobs through September. …
  • American Airlines will drop flights to 15 cities in October

    American Airlines will drop flights to 15 cities in October

    American Airlines will drop flights to 15 smaller US cities in October when a federal requirement to serve those communities ends. The airline blamed low demand during the coronavirus pandemic, which has triggered a massive slump in air travel. Airlines and their labor unions are seeking billions in taxpayer relief. American said its schedule covering …
  • Delta will begin allowing more flight passengers in October

    Delta will begin allowing more flight passengers in October

    Delta Air Lines said Thursday it will continue blocking middle seats through at least Jan. 6, covering the key holiday season, but will raise the cap on the number of passengers on its flights in October. Delta had previously said it would block middle seats and limit overall seating capacity at 60 percent on each …
  • American Airlines to drop flights to 30 US cities if requirement expires

    American Airlines to drop flights to 30 US cities if requirement expires

    American Airlines is planning to drop flights to up to 30 smaller US cities if a federal requirement to continue those flights expires at the end of next month, an airline official familiar with the matter said Thursday. American agreed to keep serving those smaller cities as a condition of receiving $5.8 billion in federal …
  • Delta wants at least 3,000 flight attendants to take unpaid leave

    Delta wants at least 3,000 flight attendants to take unpaid leave

    Delta Air Lines will need at least 3,000 of its roughly 20,000 flight attendants to take unpaid leave of four to 12 months, or consider other options, to avoid involuntary furloughs, a person with knowledge of the matter said Friday. Airlines are suffering their worst crisis in history due to the coronavirus pandemic, which decimated …
  • This airline will cover funeral costs if you catch COVID-19 while flying

    This airline will cover funeral costs if you catch COVID-19 while flying

    They’ll ferry and bury you. Emirates airlines is attracting passengers during the pandemic in an unorthodox way — by covering the funeral costs of travelers diagnosed with COVID-19 after flying. The bizarre policy comes just days after the enterprising airline offered to foot travelers’ medical and hotel expenses to help recover coronavirus-caused losses during reopening. …