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US airline goes bust because of Covid-19

by LLB Editor
19th Mar 20 8:28 am

Trans States Airlines is closing nine months earlier than planned to become the second airline to wind up during the coronavirus outbreak after UK carrier Flybe.

TSA was due to do so at the end of the year due to consolidation and a pilot shortage. But it has decided to shut its doors next month as travel demand dries up due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

“It’s difficult to articulate or even comprehend the speed at which the coronavirus has changed our industry and our world,” president of Trans States Holdings, Rick Leach, wrote in a memo to employees this week. “The immediate cuts to our schedule are far deeper than we feared.”

Trans State Airlines operates flights for United Airlines from Denver, Chicago and St. Louis.

“We knew that the wind-down would be accelerated, but were confident that we could continue to fly for United for some months,” he added.

TSA provides feeder services to more than 80 cities in North America with about 240 daily flights, according to travel data firm Cirium.

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