LOCAL NEWS

Airlines cut back on flights as coronavirus scares away travelers

Mar 24, 2020, 7:51 AM
Southwest 737 MAX Boeing, airlines...
Airlines are cutting flights left and right. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Airlines are cutting back service as demand for flights continues to plummet.

Boeing to suspend production operations in response to coronavirus

Seattle’s Morning News co-host Dave Ross saw that demand firsthand over the weekend, flying from Pittsburgh to Seattle, with just 56 people on the plane with him.

The passengers just aren’t there, and like we have discussed about Sound Transit and Metro, it just doesn’t make sense for the airlines to be running empty flights.

Alaska Airlines has announced that it will cut 200 flights a day for the rest of the month; that’s out of about 1,300 daily flights. The airline will park 30 of its jets around the country during this move. Alaska’s fleet numbers about 230 planes.

It’s expected to gut its service to Hawaii, since the governor there has said anyone who flies into the state must go into a 14-day quarantine.

Tips on staying sane and healthy working from home

Southwest Airlines is close to making the same call on flights to Hawaii. Southwest will be cutting 1,500 flights a day, starting Friday; that’s out of around 4,000 daily flights.

American Airlines has cut international flights by 75%. Domestic flight cuts have reached 30% through April. Delta plans to cut 70% of all of its flights, parking at least 600 planes. United has cut at least 60% of its flights.

If you have upcoming travel on any airline, be sure to have some time carved out to work with customer service. I’ve been hearing from friends that hold times can be in the hours.

Local News

homeless camp...
Andrew Scheinthal, KIRO 7 News

Seattle business attempts to clear homeless camp, backtracks after advocates step in

A Seattle business is facing heat from homeless advocacy groups after they attempted to clear out an encampment off of Lake City Way.
11 hours ago
COVID, hospitals...
Nick Bowman

‘Tough few weeks ahead’ as state’s hospitals continue to struggle with flood of COVID patients

While Washington's COVID crisis has begun to stabilize in recent weeks, health officials warn that the state's hospitals are not quite out of the woods yet. 
1 day ago
Eatonville COVID outbreak...
MyNorthwest Staff

Eatonville school goes back to virtual learning over COVID outbreak

Eatonville Middle School sent students home on Friday, and will be temporarily moving back to virtual learning until at least mid-October. 
1 day ago
Amazon Bothell...
Dalton Day

Permits indicate Amazon is behind planned new warehouse in Bothell, despite denial from county

Plans for a 105,000-square-foot warehouse in Bothell named as a “fulfillment center" suggest Amazon is behind the project.
1 day ago
Employment Security, audit reports, unemployment tax, unemployment suspect...
Nick Bowman

Former state unemployment worker arrested, charged for alleged role in payment scheme

A former ESD employee was arrested and charged on Friday, for allegedly defrauding the state out of thousands in unemployment payments.
1 day ago
monoclonal antibody treatment...
Nicole Jennings

Washington hospitals lacking in monoclonal antibody treatment

Hospitals throughout Washington are desperately in need of more monoclonal antibody treatment — but at the moment, it’s in short supply. Monoclonal antibody treatment is given to certain high-risk COVID patients through IV or injection as soon as possible after a diagnosis to prevent severe COVID symptoms. According to the Food and Drug Administration, “monoclonal […]
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...
IQ Air

How Poor Air Quality Is Affecting Our Future Athletes

You cannot control your child’s breathing environment 100% of the time, but you can make a huge impact.
...
Swedish Health Services

Special Coverage: National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

There are a wide variety of treatment options available for men with prostate cancer. The most technologically advanced treatment option in the Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform.
...
Marysville Police Department

Police Opportunities in a Growing, Supportive Washington Community

Marysville PD is looking for both lateral and entry level officers. Begin or continue your career in law enforcement for a growing, supportive community.
Courtesy of JWatch Photography....
Experience Anacortes

Summer Fun Activities in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.
...
By Alaska Airlines

Calling all football fans: follow Russell on the road

Take your Northwest spirit that we’re known for on the road this season with Alaska Airlines.
...
By Marysville Police Department

Police Opportunities in a Growing, Supportive Washington Community

Marysville PD is looking for lateral and entry level officers. Begin or continue your career in law enforcement for a growing, supportive community.
Airlines cut back on flights as coronavirus scares away travelers