Delta expects to see an 80% decline in travelers over the 4th of July weekend, and it shows how abysmal things are right now in the airline industry (DAL)

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said the airline expects to fly 600,000 passengers over the July 4th weekend, an improvement over recent lows, but far below the 3.2 million customers the airline flew the same weekend last year.The number starkly illustrates how far airlines have to go before they can fully recover from the…

Delta expects to see an 80% decline in travelers over the 4th of July weekend, and it shows how abysmal things are right now in the airline industry (DAL)

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said the airline expects to fly 600,000 passengers over the July 4th weekend, an improvement over recent lows, but far below the 3.2 million customers the airline flew the same weekend last year.The number starkly illustrates how far airlines have to go before they can fully recover from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.The airline also urged employees to take “once-in-a-career” buyout and early retirement opportunities ahead of expected layoffs.Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Delta Air Lines said on Thursday that it expects to fly about 600,000 passengers over the July 4th weekend — a strong amount compared to the demand throughout the rest of the pandemic, which has seen every airline in the US combined fly 600,000 passengers per day just a few times.However, the upward trend in passenger numbers belies the stark reality of the airline industry’s recovery; during the same period last ye
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