In an internal email to mainline employees seen by AeroNewsX, Frontier Airlines’ CEO Barry Biffle detailed the changes the company would make in response to the coronavirus.
This includes a 10% decrease in capacity for the month of April. This is significantly less in comparison to other airlines such as Brussels Airlines for example, which announced it would cut 45% of its flights in April. While the US hasn’t been majorly hit by the outbreak, case numbers are still high, coming in at over 1,600. We’d like to remind readers that the most effective way to prevent the spread of the virus is washing your hands regularly.
Biffle confirmed that over the last two weeks, the airline has seen a severe drop in sales. The CEO encouraged staff to continue to keep operating costs as low as possible, through single-engine taxiing from pilots among other measures.
Frontier Airlines has followed other airlines in offering unpaid leave to employees, of which details will be released to employees shortly. The carrier has also announced a 10% salary deferral for company officers. Furthermore, Barry Biffle said he would take 20% less salary.