Airlines and airports are suffering as travel across the country grinds to a halt.
“As you can imagine, it’s a little bit of a ghost town right now,” David Haring, executive director for the Lincoln Airport Authority tells KLIN News.
There’s been a 90 percent reduction in flights.
“On a normal day, prior to the outbreak, we had about 11 flights a day and emplaning 500 people a day. Now, we’re down to five plights a day and emplaning 50 to 60 people.”
Haring says car rentals are down along with food and beverage services. He says that is scaled back and there is a potential of cancelling altogether. He says most of the customer service representatives are gone, and most of his employees are working from home.
He says he’s seen some reports the air travel industry could shut down completely.
“Even attempting to fathom what that does and how that spigot gets turned on again is almost impossible to do.”
Haring says previous fiscal responsibility is helping them navigate an uncertain future.
“We’re able to whether this storm probably better than some of our counterparts.”
He says the airport’s revenue is not solely based on travel.
He did add he’s not sure what the future looks like as the pandemic drags on. Right now, Haring says layoffs won’t happen but with an uncertain future, he couldn’t rule that out.