(Reuters) – Southwest Airways Co (LUV.N) posted on Tuesday a $94 million internet loss within the first quarter, its first quarterly loss in 9 years, as a result of coronavirus pandemic and stated it sees no main enchancment in air journey within the second quarter. FILE PHOTO: Southwest planes sit in a desert graveyard close to Victorville, California, U.S. March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy NicholsonThe COVID-19 disaster has decimated journey demand, with an unprecedented variety of flight cancellations within the second half of March. Dallas-based Southwest swung to a internet lack of $94 million for the quarter ended March 31, in comparison with a revenue of $387 million a yr earlier. Excluding particular objects, the loss was $77 million, or a $0.15 loss per share. Complete working income declined 17.8% to $4.2 billion. It sees working income falling 90% to 95% in each April and Could, when it doesn’t count on load elements to surpass 10%. Whereas the airline has extra bookings for June and July – albeit in a drastically diminished flight schedule – it stated it can not moderately estimate any income developments past Could. “We have no idea what kind of cancellations will come through before those travel dates; there’s no way to be comfortable with what will happen to those reservations,” Southwest Chief Govt Officer Gary Kelly instructed Reuters. The coronavirus outbreak has led to the deaths of over 207,000 individuals around the globe, together with greater than 55,000 in america, in line with a Reuters tally. Keep-at-home orders stay in a lot of the world and it’s an open query as to when individuals will really feel snug touring once more and underneath what security necessities. Airways together with Southwest assist pre-boarding temperature checks, face masks and social distancing measures on airplanes and in airports. “We do think there’s a role for the federal government to play here and as an industry we’ll be advocating for that,” Kelly stated. Southwest’s common every day cash burn will sluggish to between $30 million and $35 million within the second quarter, as a result of a sequence of cost-cutting measures and capital raisings, together with authorities assist, it stated. The airline is receiving about $3.Three billion in authorities payroll assist and stated it was contemplating tapping an extra $2.Eight billion in secured authorities loans underneath the stimulus bundle generally known as the CARES Act, amongst different liquidity choices. It had $9.Three billion in cash and short-term investments as of April 24, with leverage of 47%. Underneath the phrases of presidency payroll assist, airways can not lay off staff earlier than Sept. 30. If demand stays weak, Southwest has stated it could want to cut back its workforce after that date and re-think its fleet. Southwest, which solely operates Boeing 737s, stated it has already reached an settlement with Boeing Co (BA.N) to take not more than 48 new 737 MAX jets till Dec. 2021, a fraction of its agency order dedication of 123 of the presently grounded plane. Delta Air Strains Inc (DAL.N) posted a first-quarter loss final week and U.S. majors American Airways Group Inc (AAL.O) and United Airways Holdings Inc (UAL.O) are as a result of report on Thursday. Reporting by Tracy Rucinski and Sanjana Shivdas; Modifying by Christopher CushingOur Requirements:The Thomson Reuters Belief Rules.