U.S. Airlines are, in effect, being grounded by the COVID-19 virus, In Public Safety reports.
“The pandemic has been compared to 9/11 as far as a reduction in flights. Most airlines have reduced their flight schedules by 50 to 60 percent, depending on the month and the number of reservations.”
While “the U.S. government has deemed it essential for the airline industry to continue operations during this pandemic, many airline employees, such as pilots, flight attendants and other front-line employees, feel stressed due to the continued spread of this virus. In addition, many of them are becoming infected with COVID-19…”
“Also, among the possible ramifications of this pandemic are reduced staffing and an increase in unemployment. So airlines are starting to seek other methods to reduce their costs, such as temporary voluntary furloughs or early retirement packages. Such steps are essential to reduce staffing and lessen the chances of possible permanent furloughs in the long run.”
Another example of how the face of life in America and the world is being changed by the pandemic.