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United Airlines Reducing Domestic Flight Schedule Again

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United Airlines announced Wednesday it would once again be forced to reduce its domestic flight schedule as a result of the drop in demand attributed to the coronavirus outbreak.

Officials from United revealed the airline would temporarily cut its domestic flight schedule by 52 percent, which came just days after the carrier announced a 42-percent reduction of service.

United said its overall capacity would now be down 68 percent overall.

Several flights from major hubs in key destinations have been canceled, including Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Washington-Dulles

The updated flight schedule also includes the previously announced 90-percent reduction of international service through April, but United still maintains six daily operations to and from destinations in Asia, Australia, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe.

United announced it is continuing to work with the United States Department of State, as well as local and state governments, to operate flights to destinations that have been impacted by travel restrictions and bring Americans back to the U.S. if they are stuck abroad.

The carrier received good news this week, as the airline industry is expected to receive a $58 billion bailout as part of the $2 trillion stimulus package designed to aid a domestic economy ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic.

Aviation officials are also hoping the bailout helps airlines avoid previously reported plans to completely shut down domestic air travel to curb the viral outbreak.

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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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