Delta has put 460 people on no-fly list for refusing mask requirement
Hundreds of people won’t be taking to the skies with Delta Air Lines after refusing to follow the airline’s mask policy.The company said in a memo to its staff that numerous passengers have been placed on the no-fly list since it instituted a rule on May 4 that requires people to wear masks during flights amid the coronavirus pandemic, CNN reported.“As of this week, we’ve added 460 people to our no-fly list for refusing to comply with our mask requirement,” reads the message,” reads the recent memo from CEO Ed Bastian.The mask requirement is one of several safety guidelines introduced by Delta...
New York Daily News
Delta pilots vote on measure to cut furloughs, further talks possible
Delta Air Lines pilots are voting on a measure that could reduce furloughs that management has said are imminent unless the two sides can agree on other cost cuts.The agreement the Air Line Pilots Association at Delta has put up for a vote by its members would allow pilots to volunteer to fly reduced hours, mitigating about 200 of 1,941 furloughs Delta has planned for Nov. 1. The furloughs that have been planned to take effect Sunday include 493 Delta pilots based in Atlanta.Airlines have been looking for ways to slash costs amid a more than 60% reduction in passenger traffic due to the COVID-...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Uber, Lyft and allies break spending records on gig worker initiative. Here's how much
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A fight over the future of California gig drivers has drawn nearly $220 million in political spending, making it the most expensive initiative in the history of the state.The latest campaign finance reports filed Thursday show that the Yes on Proposition 22 campaign has received nearly $200 million, mostly from five tech companies: Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Postmates and Instacart.Uber has been the biggest contributor to the campaign, which aims to largely exempt app-based gig economy drivers from a state law that requires companies to provide more employment benefits to their...
The Sacramento Bee
American Airlines faces billions in net loss, but CLT remains a top performing hub
American Airlines, the dominant carrier at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, reported major losses in October after seeing air travel dive due to the coronavirus pandemic.But the airline’s hubs at Charlotte and the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport were the “best performing hubs” this quarter compared to last year, airline leaders said.The airline reported a net loss of $2.4 billion in the third quarter, the three months that ended on Sept. 30, according to the airline’s latest financial report.That’s down from a $425 million net income at the same point last year, according to th...
The Charlotte Observer
Alaska Air Group reports $431 million loss as pandemic batters airlines
Alaska Air Group on Thursday reported a third-quarter net loss of $431 million, or $3.49 per share.A year ago, the Seattle-based parent company of Alaska Airlines and regional subsidiary Horizon Air made a profit of $322 million or $2.60 per share in the third quarter.The loss was higher than in the previous three months — the second quarter net loss was $214 million or $1.73 per share — due mainly to $440 million in restructuring charges and one-time write-offs.“We are gaining momentum as we climb our way out of this crisis,” said Alaska Air CEO Brad Tilden. “Each of the last six months has b...
The Seattle Times
Officials find Trump Tower dangler after he jumped out of ambulance transporting him, Chicago police say
CHICAGO — The man who dangled from Trump Tower for more than 13 hours from Sunday into Monday then jumped out of a private ambulance taking him to another hospital was later found after a missing person’s report was made, according to Chicago police.The man, 31, was being taken from Northwestern Memorial Hospital about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday just west of State Street on Washington Street in the Loop when he escaped, police said. He somehow jumped out of the ambulance.A missing person’s alert for the man was sent out about 10 p.m. Chicago police found the man by 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to a law ...
Bahamas officially enters Phase 3 of tourism reopening
The Bahamas began the long-awaited process of reopening to tourism again on Thursday, entering Phase 3 of the nation’s Tourism Readiness & Recovery Plan.As of Oct. 15, beaches and major hotels are permitted to open. However, all visitors are required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test taken no more than seven days prior to arrival. Children age 10 and under are exempt from the islands’ testing requirement.After obtaining a negative COVID-19 test result, travelers are then required to apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa at travel.gov.bs, where they must upload the test res...
United says 2,700 jobs it cut during the pandemic likely won't return, though it sees 'light at the end of the tunnel'
United Airlines said the 2,700 corporate jobs it has cut since the coronavirus pandemic began likely won’t return, even as CEO Scott Kirby said the airline is starting to see the “light at the end of the tunnel.”“The next 12 to 15 months are still going to be difficult and the recovery will not be a straight line. But we’ve done what we believe it takes to get through,” Kirby said during a call with analysts discussing the company’s third-quarter results. “We can see the recovery on the horizon and our attention can now be firmly focused there.”Still, United executives said they continue to be...
Airline contractors received CARES Act funding, but still cut jobs
The CARES Act funding approved by Congress for the aviation industry was meant to preserve jobs, but didn’t prevent some layoffs and furloughs by airline contractors, an investigation found.While lawmakers consider another round of federal pandemic aid, they are asking the companies awarded money to stop cutting workers.Atlanta-based DAL Global Services, which does contract work for Delta Air Lines and other carriers, is one of 15 companies that got federal stimulus funding but still furloughed or laid off workers, according to a U.S. House subcommittee investigation of the Payroll Support Pro...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Experts weigh in on the best time to book flights for the holidays
In a year like no other, when indoor gatherings are suspect and family gatherings may be scrapped, who knows what the holidays will bring. Fortunately, people still pondering plans — and yet to buy airline tickets — may not be forced to pay for their delay.The usual rise in holiday airfare prices may look more like a bunny hill than a black-diamond peak this year.“Airlines are not being as punitive with fares for Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s. Fares are higher, depending on days you fly on, but not as egregious as it has been in years past,” said Kyle Potter, executive editor at Th...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)