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Delta Air expects quarterly revenue to tank by $10 billion, cut flights by 70percent

Delta Air Line says it expects its second quarter revenue to fall by $10 billion, representing an 80percent reduction compared with a year earlier, as the coronavirus hurts travel demand.

According to the U. S based airline, it has beefed up its cash position during the crisis, with a $2.6 billion secured credit facility and was drawing down $3 billion under its existing credit facilities.

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Ed Bastian, Chief Executive Officer, Delta Air said the global travel industry has been upended as tourists stay indoors to stop spread of the highly contagious virus, with some estimates pegging revenue losses for the business travel sector at about $820 billion.

“We are currently burning roughly $50 million in cash each day,” said in a memo to employees.

Delta has already said it will park more than 600 jets, cut corporate pay by as much as 50percent and scale back its flying by more than 70percent until demand begins to recover.

“Given the underlying damage the virus has created to the overall economy, that demand recovery will take an extended period once the virus is contained,” Bastian said in a memo to employees.

Credit quality of airlines could worsen if the health crisis runs beyond June 2020, forcing them to cut capacity between 40percent to 75percent or more in the second quarter, Moody’s warned in a note earlier on Friday.

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