Delta Air Lines said in a Monday memo to employees seen by Reuters that it is planning to furlough 1,941 pilots in October, citing the fallout from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and declining demand for air travel.
“We are six months into this pandemic and only 25% of our revenues have been recovered. Unfortunately, we see few catalysts over the next six months to meaningful change this trajectory,” Delta’s head of flight operations John Laughter said in the memo, as cited by the outlet. “We are simply overstaffed, and we are faced with an incredibly difficult decision.”
The worldwide stay at home orders and lockdown prompted by the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has left a great financial impact on businesses across the globe, including in the airline industry, which has seen an unprecedented decline in demand due to the restrictions.