After a hectic 2020 for the airline industry, Delta thanks employees for their work during the pandemic with free travel.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian in a memo to employees on Monday by Fox News said they would receive two passes to any travel destination of their choice for their work during COVID-19.
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“I hope these passes help you heal your own path to the future, whether it’s connecting with family, discovering a whole new part of the world, or embarking on an adventure with a loved one,” Bastian said in the note.
“Those of you who have worked steadily throughout the crisis have done so under conditions unimaginable a year ago,” wrote Bastian, “and you still provide the best service and professionalism. industry. ”
Bastian went on to note the thousands of Delta employees who have taken voluntary unpaid time off to save airline jobs. Those who continued to work and those who took time off in 2020 will receive the free passes, which do not expire.
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With the implementation of travel restrictions during the pandemic, Delta lost $ 5.38 billion in the third quarter, as passenger volume fell by more than 70% from the same quarter in 2019.
Still, the Atlanta-based airline was able to prevent its flight attendants and frontline workers from being put on leave, unlike some of its competitors, such as American and United.
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Airlines have urged Congress to fund additional relief for struggling industry during the pandemic. The industry has so far received $ 25 billion in assistance under the CARES Act to save jobs in the aviation industry.