Lincoln Airport hangs on as some airlines furlough thousands
With the threat of furloughs for some airline workers, Channel 8 asked Lincoln Airport how it is affecting them.
LINCOLN, Neb., (KLKN)– With the threat of furloughs for some airline workers, Channel 8 asked Lincoln Airport how it is affecting them.
“So its been very volatile,” said Rachel Barth, director of communications and customer engagement. “It really is a great way to talk about how the aviation industry is right now you know you see your ups and you see your downs.
The CARES Act that protected many airline workers ended on October 1st. Congress and the administration not passing a COVID relief and airline bill to save jobs. That leaves airlines like United, furloughing thousands. One flight attendant saying goodbye in tears.
“I ask that you come back to United so that we can come back.”
Barth adds though airports and airlines are separate businesses, they depend on each other to be successful, all working to sanitize and encourage social distancing. She says, as of now, no United Airlines workers have been furloughed at Lincoln Airport.
“We have not been told if the furloughs will be affecting us here locally,” adds Barth. “It could, it definitely could,” says Barth. “But again, the mechanics of what happens within the airlines kind of keep to themselves. You know service changes, that does affect us, and so we could see the airline flights changing and the schedules changing.”
During the pandemic, the airport saw a drop of about 90 percent in flyers. Now, Barth says they average 100 flyers a day.
“We’re starting to pick up a little bit,” says Barth. “We did add a flight back in this last month with United but at the same time, Delta did pull service. So it’s kind of weird. We lost the Delta service but then we added a United flight back in.”
Barth says they are continuing to remain in contact with United Airlines and hope to continue to provide the services that keep their customers safe and flying in the sky.