How Coronavirus Has Affected Airlines

multiple airplanes on ground in airport

More and more airlines are forced to shut down as the effects of the coronavirus on the aviation industry take its toll. Air travel has indeed been among the hardest hit due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Millions and millions of people are on lockdown and there are travel bans left and right. The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing airlines to shut down. Our aircraft dispatcher school in Fort Lauderdale is here to share how coronavirus has affected airlines.

COVID-19 Impact on Aviation Industry: Airlines Are Forced to Shut Down

Over 95% of airlines have reported a drop in air travel as the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly spreads. With direct orders to stay home and follow strict social distancing guidelines, that means almost no one worldwide is flying or traveling. In fact, the Transportation Security Administration screened over 2.5 million passengers across the US in 2019, but in April, that number dropped to a 10-year low of roughly 90,000.1

The effects of COVID-19 on airlines started becoming evident around January as the number of flights to China and other areas in Asia were drastically reduced.2 As the novel coronavirus became more widespread, passengers were plagued with anxiety as they began to fear air travel. Week by week, the airlines were rapidly losing their customers, people were canceling or rescheduling vacations or travel plans and opted to stay home where it was safe. Air travel is one of the most common ways of traveling great distances, but it also means people travel in proximity to others who could be carriers or infected themselves with viruses and other illnesses. Flyers were also delaying their ticket purchase due to the overwhelming uncertainty of COVID-19.2 Simply put, the coronavirus has affected airlines and caused quite a ruckus.

Countries all over the world, including the United States, have closed their borders, states are on lockdown, and there are strict guidelines in place that limit travel plans.2 Airlines are suspending routes and locking up their planes. Some are even going bankrupt due to the COVID-19 crisis. The main passengers at the moment are doctors and nurses traveling to help those in need. Unfortunately, however, airlines are taking a direct hit because their business models are not designed with so few flights.3

The future of airlines is currently unknown but should hopefully take flight again soon. Smaller airlines have already collapsed and it’s not unlikely others will follow during this crisis, but there’s hope that the aviation industry will bounce back as many US airlines embrace the stimulus bill, which included $58 billion in aid.2

If you are looking to reach new heights in your career, enroll in our aircraft dispatcher courses today. Call us today at 954-581-6022 to learn more.

Sources

  1. APM Research Labs – S. Air Travel Plummets Amid Coronavirus Shutdown
  2. Business Insider – Coronavirus: Airlines That Went Bankrupt or Collapsed Due to COVID-19
  3. WWMT – Airlines and TSA Report 96% Drop in Air Travel as COVID-19 Pandemic Continues

 

This entry was posted in Airlines, News & Regulations and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
  • Contact Us

    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
  • Testimonials

    “This school came highly recommended by multiple past students and EVEN OTHERS FROM OTHER SCHOOLS. Reputation is fantastic from multiple companies that I have worked for.” A. – September 2020
    “I am a graduate of the Sheffield’s Dispatcher Program. I have been a Captain-Part 121 Airline, Certified Flight/Grnd Instructor, and FAA Designated Check Airman and Sim Instructor (Part 121). From my experience I would rate Sheffield School as outstanding in their field.” PT PT
    Good afternoon Eric, I wanted to reach out to let you know that training at (airline) is in full swing and I couldn’t be happier that I chose Sheffield. My classmates, while very smart, definitely had subpar training and that has been very evident. I have waited to write a full scale review of the […] Attending Sheffield School benefits airline new hires in preparation for airline training
    “If you want to be the best, first you need to be trained by the best!” P. Hill P.Hill – DHL
    “After receiving my certificate, I joined a class of 4 experienced dispatchers for Part 121 initial training. Without experience, my preparation at Sheffield enabled me to become active at the same time after the initial training.” PR PR
    “Eric Morris is one of the most if not the most knowledgeable and experienced authorities on Aircraft Dispatching in the United States. He strives constantly to make the industry better.” DH sidebar DH
    “I am so glad they are like this because it made me a better dispatcher and I really appreciate their high standards. I would highly recommend Sheffield to anyone who is willing to study hard and is serious about obtaining a Dispatcher Certificate.” MC MC
    “As a graduate of the aircraft dispatcher program at the Sheffield School of Aeronautics…My training was intense and thorough and furnished me with the requisite skills for performing my current job as a Flight Dispatch Supervisor.” N.S. Sidebar NS
    “I entered my profession, with more knowledge and information than dispatchers who have been practicing their craft for more than ten years. Not only has Sheffield provided a top notch education, but they have also instilled in me the confidence to succeed.” A.Z. Sidebar AZ
    “These men represented the highest caliber of professionalism and integrity. The education I received from these gentleman has afforded me to be gainfully employed while having the opportunity to use the education received, all over this country, and more than a few others.” WG sidebar wg
    “Their reputation of excellence amongst the industry is second to none. Sheffield School of Aeronautics should be seen as the standard of how it can be done and how it should be done. I was hired at a major airline with no dispatch experience.” A.Z. Sidebar AZ
    “Sheffield School of Aeronautics is known worldwide for its quality training and has been recommended to me by our national airline Swiss International Airlines. Whenever I mention the name ‘Sheffield’ it rings a bell in people’s ears.” IW IW
    “I wanted to tell you I got the job offer from Expressjet, and start next month! I think a couple others from class were hired as well. It just shows the Sheffield reputation when I see graduates from other schools complaining that they can’t get an interview – I wasn’t even back home to Minneapolis […] Dan Gustafson
    “I am a month into my new job at a airline coming out of reorganization, and am helping the training department by referencing the excellent and up to date course book provided to all Sheffield grads.” RW RW
    “My experience at Sheffield and my exposure to other aircraft dispatchers that did not go to Sheffield has resulted in an awareness of the superior depth and quality of the training provided by the Sheffield instructors.” CD Sidebar CD
  • Online Catalog

    Sheffield Flight Dispatch Training Catalog

  • Connect