US Air Travel Plunges 94 Percent

Bea Karnes

SAN FRANCISCO, CA —As these passengers boarded a United flight to Houston on Monday, there were precious few passengers at San Francisco International Airport.

Air travel in the United States is down an estimated 94 percent, according to the airlines, which are suspending routes, parking airplanes, asking workers to take unpaid days off, and warning employees of deep layoffs.

Losses are a staggering $350 million to $400 million per day.

Paychecks are being propped-up by the government's coronavirus program, but that ends Oct. 1. Airlines are already warning workers that October will be a bleak month of job terminations.

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This article originally appeared on the San Francisco Patch