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Republic Airways Furloughs Over 300 Employees

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News of the Republic furloughs began to make their way on to social media in the past few hours. Effective today, it appears as though Republic Airways has furloughed pilot classes currently in training including class: February 18th, 2020; February 25th, 2020; March 3rd, 2020 and March 10th, 2020.

Additionally around 300 or so non-crew staff positions were furloughed, including 30 dispatchers.

Some employee postings on social media cite that Republic was ineligible to accept the Government funding through the C.A.R.E.S. act due to the company’s restructuring a few years back. In a video posted to employees, Matt Koscal, Republic’s Chief Administrative Officer, basically explains that the company’s corporate governance after bankruptcy restricts the types of aid, loans or grants the airline can receive, and further, goes on to explain that because of  “strings” that may be tied to the to the loan/grant money they may be ineligible to access it.

 

In the documents we obtained last month, most of the strings were tied to the inability to furlough employees and wage caps on Executives. The funding also limited schedule reductions ensuring that smaller cities kept air service, a decision Republic’s larger mainline partners would have to make, not Republic.

Republic Airways, based in Indianapolis, operates a fleet of 200 Embraer 170/175 aircraft and offers scheduled passenger service with more than 1,000 daily flights to 100 cities in 40 U.S. states, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America. The airline provides fixed-fee flights operated under its major airline partner brands of American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express.

 

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Survey Highlights Coronavirus Changes Airline Passengers Want

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A recent survey of business and leisure airline passengers highlighted the guidelines and health-related equipment travelers are looking for when boarding a plane during and after the coronavirus outbreak.

According to information from Honeywell, around 72 percent were more concerned with the environment on an airplane than in an airport, which only saw 28 percent of respondents voice the most concern.

Nearly 60 percent of respondents also cited social distancing as their top priority during travel, while about half of those surveyed cited air quality (51 percent) and personal protective equipment such as masks (47 percent) as top priorities.

“This survey demonstrates that passengers want high-tech solutions to best validate the entire travel experience as it relates to health and safety,” Honeywell vice president Kevin Suits said in a statement. “Honeywell offers a variety of relevant solutions today that we can bring forward to support travelers.

“We continue to speak with airline executives and transportation leaders about the types of new products and services that would support their efforts to further clean and monitor the cleanliness of their aircraft,” Suits continued. “We are quickly bringing to market new offerings that would be a win-win for our industry and all of us who love to fly.”

In terms of in-flight amenities most-desired by passengers, masks, hand sanitizer and alcohol wipes top the list. Travelers also revealed that cleanliness validation via technology was by far (60 percent) the most important way to provide confidence.

A portion of surveyed passengers also thinks that providing cleaning supplies directly to the passenger would help ensure confidence in the cleanliness of the cabin.

This post was published by our news partner: TravelPulse.com | Article Source

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