Latest Ed Bastian News

Airlines say rise in COVID-19 cases is hurting ticket sales

Sep. 09, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Several leading U.S. airlines warned Thursday that the rise in COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant is hurting their bookings and further delaying the travel industry's recovery. The summer got off to a strong start, with many planes full of vacationers...

Hospital costs for unvaccinated over 2 months may top $9.5M

Sep. 01, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

The estimated “preventable cost” of treating unvaccinated adults for COVID-19 in Connecticut's 27 acute care hospitals was $4.2 million for June and $5.3 million for July, according to a new analysis. The final tally could be higher, however. The Connecticut Hospital...

Delta will charge unvaccinated employees $200 per month

Aug. 25, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

Delta Air Lines will charge employees on the company health plan $200 a month if they fail to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a policy the airline's top executive says is necessary because the average hospital stay for the virus costs the airline $50,000. CEO Ed Bastian...

United Airlines will require US employees to be vaccinated

Aug. 06, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

United Airlines will require employees in the U.S. to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by late October, perhaps sooner, joining a rising number of big corporations that are responding to a surge in virus cases. United was the first major U.S. airline to announce such a...

Business travel stirs, but many road warriors stay grounded

Jul. 26, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

Of the 2 million people clogging airport security lines and gate areas again each day, one crowd is still largely missing: business travelers. Their absence is noteworthy because they are a key source of revenue and profit, underpinning a record-breaking stretch of...

US airlines say COVID-19 variants aren't hurting bookings

Jul. 21, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

Rising concern about the fast-spreading delta variant of COVID-19 is creating turbulence for the stocks of big travel companies, but airline executives say they don’t see any slowdown in ticket sales, maybe because a high percentage of their best customers are fully vaccinated. ...

Biden comment hints at boosting travel between US and Europe

Jul. 16, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

A comment by President Joe Biden is encouraging airlines to hope that travel between the United States and Europe could be expanded in time for last-minute, late-summer vacation trips. At a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Biden was asked about ending...

American recalling flight attendants to handle travel crowds

Jul. 15, 2021 20:13 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines is canceling extended leaves for about 3,300 flight attendants and telling them to come back to work in time for the holiday season. And American plans to hire 800 new flight attendants by next March, according to an airline...

With taxpayers' help, Delta posts $652 million profit in 2Q

Jul. 14, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

Delta Air Lines reported its first quarterly profit since the pandemic devastated the airline industry more than a year ago, as hordes of vacation travelers and money from U.S. taxpayers offset weak corporate and international travel. Delta said Wednesday that it earned...