Up to 500 people working with Atlanta–based Delta Airlines have reportedly tested positive to the novel coronavirus.
This was confirmed by Ed Bastian, the chief Executive officer of Delta Airlines during the company’s annual meeting.
He added that the company has lost 10 staff to the disease.
“We lost 10 employees to the coronavirus; every one of them breaks my heart,” he said.
“Among other 500 employees who contracted the virus, the vast majority have recovered.”
Speaking further, he added that the airline is testing its approximately 90,000 employees for COVID-19 and “we will be able to provide better protection for our people and then, eventually, certainly, our customers as we go forward.
Speaking on the economic impact of COVID-19, Bastian said the aviation industry was badly hit.
“We shut operations in 10 airports since May until at least September,” he said.
“We could never have predicted how quickly the coronavirus pandemic would upend our plans as demand for near-term air travel dropped to almost zero in a matter of weeks.
“We are realistic that the timing and shape of revenue recovery are uncertain and are prepared that it could take up to two to three years to return to a new level of normal, which could still be lower than 2019 revenue base.”
US has a total of 2,449,476 COVID-19 cases and 124,029 deaths.