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9:49 pm EDT, Saturday, April 4, 2020
NEW YORK (AP) — United Airways is quickly slashing the variety of its flights out and in of New York Metropolis-area airports to maintain workers secure through the coronavirus outbreak, a prime government informed workers on Saturday.
Starting Sunday, United might be reducing practically 90% of flights at LaGuardia Airport in New York and Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport in New Jersey for 3 weeks, based on a message to employees by Greg Hart, the airline’s chief operations officer. Affected workers will proceed to obtain pay and advantages, he wrote.
“Because the scenario in New York and New Jersey worsens, we’re taking one other main step at Newark and LaGuardia to assist maintain our workers secure and play our half in serving to to mitigate the unfold of the outbreak within the Tri-State space,” Hart wrote.
United might be lowering day by day flights at LaGuardia from 18 to 2 and at Newark from 139 to 15, Hart mentioned.
The transfer comes as main airways have seen a dramatic lower in passengers, diminished flights, grounded half their passenger jets due to the outbreak. Union leaders of the Affiliation of Flight Attendants mentioned in an announcement that United’s transfer was a great resolution as a result of it protects flight attendants, different airline workers and the general public from publicity to the coronavirus.
United Airways, Delta Air Strains, American Airways, Southwest and JetBlue mentioned they utilized Friday for his or her share of $25 billion in federal grants designed to cowl airline payrolls for the subsequent six months.