Local and global flight disruptions

Posted at 2:46 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 17:55:29-04

BOISE, Idaho — In light of the statewide stay-at-home order issued by Governor Little to effectively help slow and contain the spread of COVID-19, many vital installations in Idaho’s cities will see immediate fundamental changes to its operations.

A major aspect of these changes is taking place at Boise Airport, where the number of passengers dropped drastically and more than twenty flights have been canceled.

Approximately half of the flights canceled are Alaska Airlines flights as the airline announced it is cutting all scheduled flights by 70% as a result of COVID-19.

Not all flights out of Boise Airport are affected, however, United Airlines, Delta, and Southwest have few canceled flights scheduled to depart from Boise. If you are traveling, call your airline before heading to the airport.

Some major airlines such as Emirates and Etihad are suspending all flights, while other airlines such as Lufthansa and Air France are significantly scaling down their operations globally.

Reducing or suspending flights indefinitely is uncharted territory for airlines worldwide, the aviation industry is severely suffering from the impact of COVID-19.

Flybe is the first airline to cease operations as a result of COVID-19; the collapse of the airline impacted more than 2,000 employees, mostly in the United Kingdom.

Airlines in the United States will benefit from the huge stimulus aid package for which billions of dollars will go towards airlines, enabling them to pay employees and survive this uncertain time.

It remains to be seen how long airlines in the United States and around the world can sustain the severity of constraints the aviation industry is experiencing.