The U.S. Transportation Division stated Tuesday that JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines could halt some flights via Sept. 30 amid the massive journey falloff due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Below government orders issued Tuesday, JetBlue can halt flights to 16 major U.S. cities along with Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, and Las Vegas, while Spirit can halt flights to six airports together with Phoenix, Denver, Minneapolis and Seattle.
Since March, U.S air journey demand has fallen by nearly 95%. U.S. airways are cutting costs, canceling flights, parking planes, and struggling to stay afloat. As a situation of receiving federal grants, they must proceed with most existing flight routes, except they receive particular approval from U.S. regulators.
Spirit stated that requiring the flights “during a period of almost zero demand is towards the public interest because it wastes scarce financial sources whereas adding nearly nothing.”
JetBlue stated it “absolutely intends to gradually resume service to the levels prescribed (by the Transportation Department) at each of these airports as soon as it’s each safe to do so and when even the slightest customer demand re-emerges.”
Earlier this month, the division dismissed most of Spirit’s requests to halt flights and stated Spirit needed to resume flights to the New York City area after it suspended service to all New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut airports it serves.