U.S. airline employment to reach lowest levels in decades after pandemic cuts 90,000 jobs

first_imgU.S. airlines employment will fall to the lowest since the mid-1980s by the end of 2020, the result of the pandemic’s devastating impact on the sector, an industry group said Thursday.Airlines will have cut the equivalent of about 90,000 jobs by then, the result of more than 30,000 furloughs at airlines like United and American that began last month and the departure of thousands of other workers that accepted buyouts from Southwest, Delta and other carriers.Passenger carriers and their employees’ labor unions have repeatedly urged Congress for a second $25 billion federal aid package to preserve jobs through March, but so far Congress and the White House haven’t reached an agreement on a new national coronavirus stimulus package, or aid solely for battered sector.- Advertisement – The industry’s workforce in the fourth quarter will fall to about 370,000 full-time equivalent jobs, from 460,000 in March, according to Airlines for America, a trade group that represents the major U.S. airlines.Air travel demand has begun to recover from more than five-decade lows hit in April, early in the pandemic, but it remains a fraction of last year’s levels. Since the start of October, the Transportation Security Administration screened 34 million people, down nearly 65% from the 97 million people who went through airport checkpoints during the same time last year.Thanksgiving will provide only a modest uptick in demand, and airline executives on Thursday highlighted continued challenges facing the business in the pandemic.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Airlines for America said U.S. carriers’ Thanksgiving-week capacity will be down close to 39% from a year ago, compared with a 47% drop in the first two and a half weeks of November.Southwest on Thursday said a revenue rebound appeared to be losing steam for November and December bookings.“While the Company expected the election to impact trends, it is unclear whether the softness in booking trends is also a direct result of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases,” Southwest said in a filing “As such, the Company remains cautious in this uncertain revenue environment.” Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian noted the optimism following positive results from a Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine trial released earlier this week, news that sent airline stocks soaring, but warned the industry isn’t out of the woods.“Keep in mind that while developing a vaccine is an important step, widespread distribution will take many months, so we continue to expect 2021 will be a year with continued challenges,” he said in a staff note.center_img – Advertisement – A United Airlines plane takes off above American Airlines planes on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on October 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.Mario Tama | Getty Imageslast_img read more

No. 4 Syracuse squanders chances in 12-11 loss to No. 3 North Carolina

first_img Published on April 16, 2016 at 4:33 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ In a game that would decide first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Syracuse had to push the ball 100 yards down the field in 36 seconds with a player disadvantage and score on a goalie that had frozen out a once red-hot Syracuse offense in the second half.The Orange had finally regained possession for the first time in almost six full minutes after North Carolina had sprinted back and forth across the offensive zone without even pretending to look for a shot, hoping to run out the clock on its one-goal lead.“It’s definitely frustrating,” defender Mallory Vehar said of watching the Tar Heels stall away the last minutes.The shot clock will be introduced to women’s lacrosse next year, but it wouldn’t appear in time to help Syracuse.Goalkeeper Allie Murray restarted her team’s last gasp. Murray passed to Natalie Wallon and a UNC double-team immediately sandwiched the freshman. Wallon committed a fate-sealing turnover with 21 seconds left.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange didn’t get the ball to midfield.Syracuse had its chances. It could’ve taken advantage of the second-half goalie change to extend its winning streak to six. It could’ve held on to either of its three-goal leads to seize first place in the conference. It could have kept alive its unbeaten streak when playing UNC in the Carrier Dome. But it didn’t.No. 4 Syracuse (12-4, 4-2 ACC) lost, 12-11, to No. 3 North Carolina (12-2, 6-0) and precedent couldn’t overcome squandered opportunities as the Orange watched the Tar Heels literally run away in the final moments.“It’s a fine line (when to) start pressing out,” head coach Gary Gait said of a stalling team. “Do you wait to see if they go a little bit early? Sometimes when that happens you give up opportunities and be down two again. But (we forced) the turnover and … got ‘em right there, with 36 seconds left. The pass has been there to get the ball up but we just turned around and throughout the day we just kept giving the ball back.”Syracuse had started hot, erasing a two-goal deficit and grabbing a 7-4 lead with four minutes to go in the first half.SU played so well that North Carolina removed the reigning goalie of the year, Caylee Waters, and replaced her with Megan Ward. Waters hadn’t been able to slow the Orange’s 12th-best offense, recording two saves and allowing eight first-half goals. But Ward, time and again in the second half, made athletic saves on the point-blank shots to hold the Orange off the board. She finished with three goals allowed and seven saves.Near the end of the first half, the pacified UNC offense hadn’t scored in more than 20 minutes and the Orange seemed poised to take the lead into halftime.But then UNC role players Carly Reed and Ela Hazar broke through for two goals in the final 51 seconds to make it a one-goal game at half.As both teams rushed from the field, SU assistant coach Regy Thorpe gathered four defenders and Murray around the net. The group held up a team of local kids playing a scrimmage at halftime while Thorpe demonstrated how to stop UNC from curling an attacker near the cage and passing to a cutter.“They had scored twice on (that play),” Murray said. “We (tried) to make some changes to fix that.”UNC didn’t score on the same play in the second half, but found various ways to put five goals in the back of the net, a microcosm of the defense’s larger problem on Saturday.The defense held the ACC’s top scorer, Molly Hendrick, without a point. But at the same time it allowed a hat trick to Reed, who entered the game with eight goals in 11 games.“That’s the way you play, right?” Gait said. “… You put it on the shoulders of their (not best) players and they make some plays.”In a day of opportunity — the goalie change, the leads, the adjustment — Syracuse couldn’t take advantage. Commentslast_img read more