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Delta Adds More Regional Flights From Atlanta Hub

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Delta Air Lines announced Monday it would be expanding regional service in Georgia from its central hub in Atlanta.

Officials from Delta revealed Albany, Brunswick, Columbus and Valdosta would see one additional daily frequency to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport beginning next spring.

The additional service will increase seat capacity to and from the Georgia communities by 35 percent in 2020. In addition, the airline will add a fourth peak-day round-trip from Albany, Brunswick and Valdosta and a fifth peak-day round-trip from Columbus.

“With more than 200 destinations served from Hartsfield-Jackson, including recently added nonstop service to destinations including Havana, Seoul and Shanghai, these communities now have even more connections across the globe while supporting economic development here at home,” Delta Senior Vice President Joe Esposito said in a statement.

As for start dates of the additional service, the new flights to Brunswick will begin on May 22, 2020, while the increased flying to and from Albany, Columbus and Valdosta will start on June 8, 2020.

The Albany and Valdosta flights, as well as three of the four Brunswick frequencies, will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest, while Endeavor Air will operate the Columbus flights as well as the remaining Brunswick frequency.

“With roots in Georgia dating back to 1924, Delta Air Lines has helped put our state on the map as a gateway to the global economy,” Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp said. “Delta serves 80 percent of key U.S. destinations within a two-hour flight from Atlanta, and as these new flights begin operating, they will open new doors for economic growth in every corner of our state.”

“I am grateful for Delta’s partnership and their continued investment in Georgia,” Governor Kemp continued.

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Emirates Announces Firing Employees Amid the Pandemic

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Emirates Airline, the last holdout among the Gulf region‘s three major East-West carriers in retaining its workforce announced on May 31, 2020, that it had fired an undisclosed number of employees, due to the near-shutdown of global air travel amid COVID-19.

The other two—Abu Dhabi’s Etihad and Doha-based Qatar Airways—had already scaled back in terms of staffing as the virus spread, virtually eliminating passenger demand and causing international borders to slam shut.

While Emirates has been applauded during the pandemic for continuing to run repatriation flights around the globe, as well as delivering cargo and critical supplies, it has been dramatically affected by the halting of international passenger travel, just like the rest of the world’s airlines.

In a statement, the company said, “We have endeavored to sustain the current family as is…but have come to the conclusion that we, unfortunately, have to say goodbye to a few of the wonderful people that worked with us.”

Without revealing any particulars of the mass firing, Emirates assured that those being axed from its workforce would be treated, “with fairness and respect.”

ABC News reported that to try and balance some of the immense losses the airline continues to suffer, Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, injected an undisclosed amount of equity into its operations back in March.

Although the flag carrier, owned by a Dubai sovereign wealth fund, had already reduced its staff members’ pay during the course of the global health crisis.

Meanwhile, Emirates’ home base, Dubai International Airport—typically the world’s busiest in terms of international passenger traffic—has also been running only a fraction of its normal operations.

Dubai, which has positioned itself as a critical hub for the free movement of people, goods and capital from around the globe (all of which the pandemic has disrupted), now depends heavily upon a resumption of activity at its airport.

For more information, visit emirates.com.

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