Delta Will Have More Flight, But At 2/3 Capacity
Delta Airlines plans to keep their planes at 60% capacity until at least the end of July in order to keep social distancing measures in place. They also plan to add more flights to its schedule, according to a report by Business Insider.
CEO Ed Bastian made the moves on the basis that consumers must believe in their own safety when traveling with the airline and his belief that they will pay a premium just for comfort.
The chairman of the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee suggested airlines leave at least one seat between all passengers and fill the flight to no more than 67% capacity.
However, IATA has concluded that if airlines continue to only fill their flights to 2/3 of their normal capacity, they will be unable to generate revenue unless they increase prices.
All major US airlines are requiring passengers to wear face masks. They have also upped their cleaning procedures, most using electrostatic cleaning and fogging procedures.
Airlines have had to cut their number of flights due to the pandemic already, and Bastian said that these cuts could serve as an "opportunity for us to focus more on a more premium experience."
With new measures in place, though, Delta has still claimed that they don’t expect revenue to fully recover for 2-3 more years.