To say that the economy has experienced upheaval since the coronavirus began would be quite an understatement, but the good news is that since our last update the aviation industry is beginning to show signs of recovery.
The airline industry is seeing demand return at a slow but steady pace. Between June 24–30, the Transportation Security Administration screened an average of 579,549 passengers a day, which represents 23 percent of the average passenger volume for the same period in 2019. Airlines have responded to the uptick in demand by adding more flights, operating just shy of 10,000 flights per day, which is roughly 40 percent of the level of demand prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Teamsters Airline Division has stayed in close contact with our members’ employers throughout the crisis, and we are working closely with them to do everything in our power to mitigate risks to our members working as mechanics, pilots and other essential service workers in aviation. The uptick in cases in Texas, Florida and other parts of the country is extremely alarming and we encourage all of our members to continue to follow the precautionary measures that have been outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and other public health organizations.
If you haven’t done so already, please review our union’s coronavirus safety and health guidelines at https://teamster.org/covid-19/, and if there are any specific concerns that you have about your safety on the job, don’t hesitate to reach out to your shop steward or business agent. We will continue to keep you updated periodically and as always, stay safe.
Capt. David Bourne
Director, Teamsters Airline Division