U.S. Airline Industry Reportedly Left Out of New Senate Virus Aid Bill

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American Airlines employees track jets on the ground in Charlotte. American Airlines

Skift Take: If legislators fail to fund airlines, thousands of employees temporarily will lose their jobs. It’s a horrible outcome, but it is probably the right move. The U.S. airline industry is shrinking because of a lack of demand, and those workers will not be needed for the foreseeable future.

— Brian Sumers

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Why Airlines Don’t Want to Fly ‘Ghost Flights’ Into European Airports This Winter

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A passenger walks down a mirrored hallway in the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, France. Mark Fischer / Flickr

Skift Take: In a pandemic, with few people flying, you might think it would be bad business to fly empty airplanes to squat on airport slots. But if that’s what is required for airlines to keep access to key airports, they’ll probably do it.

— Brian Sumers

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Jacksonville’s Struggles Reveal the Pandemic Hardship for Travel’s Small Businesses

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Jacksonville’s stop-and-start travel recovery through coronavirus has business owners uncertain of their future. Gregory Urbano / https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jacksonville_at_Night_(39527326802).jpg

Skift Take: It’s not the biggest city, but Jacksonville’s travel recovery from coronavirus is a message to the world: Not even a diverse economy can save a city from the fiscal fallout of a global pandemic.

— Cameron Sperance

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