How One Airline’s Pandemic Hurt Becomes Everyone’s Pain

SourceThe New York Times
SectorTransport
CountryGCC

The Coronavirus OutbreakliveLatest UpdatesMaps and CasesState Restrictions vs. Case CountsVaccine TrackerFAQHeathrow Airport in London in April. Virgin Atlantic is operating under a private rescue deal.Credit...Tom Jamieson for The New York TimesVirgin Atlantic doesn’t act alone to fly passengers. It relies on a constellation of companies employing people around the globe — all of whom are touched by the disappearance of travelers.Heathrow Airport in London in April.

Virgin Atlantic is operating under a private rescue deal.Credit...Tom Jamieson for The New York TimesBy Eshe NelsonNov. 21, 2020, 5:00 a.m. ETAfter more than a decade working at Manchester Airport in the northwest of England, Tracey Moore finally got the job she wanted — at Virgin Atlantic’s passenger check-in desk. Then, at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 22, after about a year on the job and months on furlough, she returned to the airport and handed in her uniform.She had taken a buyout and left her dream job.“I’ve fought hard to get onto Virgin and that’s why I think I’m more upset,” Ms. Moore said. Devastated by how the pandemic had hollowed out the air travel industry, Ms. Moore took the buyout because she figured her hours and her pay would be cut, if she ...read more...