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Schaller Hank Northwest Drops 132 Flights at Metro The Oakland Press 20 Sept 2001 A1 A2 After the terrorist attacks on September 11 2001 Northwest Airlines went into a financial crisis that forced them to permanently drop 132 flights a day going out of Metro Detroit Airport American and United airlines have laid off 40000 people alone In just over a week the US aviation has lost 70000 jobs and billions of dollars The parent company of American the worlds largest airline said it will lay off at least 20000 or 14 percent of its 138350 workers The cuts by AMR Corp will affect American TWA and American EagleA1 The total amount of layoffs could amount as high as 100000 so the Airline Company is asking the government for 24 billion in federal aid so they wont have to shut down completely 59 arrivals and 59 departures each day were dropped in Minneapolis and 49 arrivals and departures each day from Memphis were dropped We are flying with half-full planes right now and there is no way that we can make any money as long as that trend continues Were not even close to making any moneyA2 Northwest was filling 806 of their seats before the tragedy Plans to build a 12 billion terminal called Edward H McNamara still stands and should open on January 20th 2002 However Killian says that he is doubtful that they will build the 2 million square foot terminal that would add up to 25 new terminals if the airlines continue to stay in this slump The only way the airlines can get out of this slump is to convince the public that flying is the safest way to travel This will decide the long-term health of the airline business This process will not take place over night It is going to take a long time to get back to normal I think it is terrible that up
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