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FLIGHT CHECK: Tucson Airport reports multiple canceled flights

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Posted at 8:28 AM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 11:28:20-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — As the Coronavirus outbreak, otherwise known as COVID-19, spread, airlines continue to cancel flights across the world. Some of those cancellations happening at the Tucson Airport.

According to Fly Tucson, flights from Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Seattle, Atlanta, Chicago were canceled. The flights were across multiple airlines and times of departure as of Tuesday morning.

The International Air Transport Association says the virus outbreak that began in China could cost airlines as much as $113 billion in lost revenue due to the collapse of air travel.

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Delta announced an approximately 50% cut in capacity for April and May on Monday. Delta expects these cuts to extend into the summer travel period. Even with those cuts, Delta said its expecting load factors to drop into the 20-30% range -- assuming things don't get worse.

United Airlines said it estimates March 2020 revenues will be $1.5 billion below March 2019 figures after having one million fewer passengers the first two weeks of March this year compared to last. United is also dropping 40% of its domestic flights and 75% of its international routes.

American Airlines is also dropping 75% of its international flights. American Airlines plans on dropping 20% of its domestic April flights, and 30% in May.

Adding insult to injury, the World Travel and Tourism Council estimates that 50 million jobs in the industry could be affected.