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BREAKING: Compass Airlines Folds Under COVID-19 Cuts

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In an email addressed to employees, Compass Airlines CEO Rick Leach, just informed the workforce that due to the cuts made by Delta Air Lines following their COVID-19 schedule reduction then receiving word of American Airlines’ planned schedule changes, the company will cease operations within the next two weeks.

These challenges combined with the fact that our American contract would begin to reach its natural conclusion later this year, have forced us to make the incredible difficult decision to pull down the Compass operation in conjunction with the temporary wind down of American’s regional operation in Los Angeles.

Compass Airlines is the second airline to announce closure amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The first was TransStates Airlines. And, just last week Compass announced they would be laying off 197 employees in Seattle.  Leach continued his statement:

I know this is difficult news to absorb. I personally am struggling to wrap mind around the news reality that seems to change to every turn.

At its peak, Compass served ov​er 6 million customers annually and averaged over 280 departures per day to over 40 destinations.

 

 

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Airline Travel Hits a 10-Year Low

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Saying that demand for air travel is declining at a rate quicker than airlines are even trimming capacity, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says traveling by plane has hit a 10-year low.

As the spread of the coronavirus continues to play havoc with everyday life, airlines are feeling the brunt and trimming flight schedules nearly every day. In fact, with the apex of the virus approaching for New York City, United just announced it is dramatically cutting back service in and out of NYC-area airports.

According to the TSA, airport security checkpoints screened fewer than 125,000 people nationwide on Thursday, April 2. That’s less than 5 percent of the 2.4 million people, including both passengers and crew members, who passed through TSA checkpoints on the same day last year.

Overall, the TSA reported that passenger counts are down about 92 percent – and “passenger traffic is falling much faster than they [airlines] can cut capacity.” In March, TSA screened just under half of the passengers it did in March 2019.

Airlines must continue to keep a minimum of flights and move cargo, as per government provisions of the bailout that was part of the stimulus package.

CNN reported that as a result of the drop in demand, about 20 percent of the US commercial aviation fleet – some 1,200 planes – are parked and have not been used in the last seven days, according to data from Airlines for America. Some airlines have decided to retire older aircraft ahead of schedule.

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