Major US airlines are making significant changes to the few free things passengers still get on airplanes, including drinks and snacks, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Delta Air Lines, Southwest and American Airlines have all announced this week that they are temporarily suspending beverage service and lowering meal service as a way to lower costs and reduce the number of things that the air carrier touches.
The changes, which seemed unthinkable just a few weeks ago, are the latest change too besieged industry
which has been about falling revenue, striking empty flights
and the need for state aid just to survive the year. Some in the industry require domestic aviation activities to be is temporarily closed
From March 27 and for the following month, flights on American (AAL)
shorter than 4.5 hours will no longer serve first class meals. Snacks and food available for purchase in the main cabin have been canceled. And drinks are only available on request. It will also no longer sell alcohol in the economy, but will continue to serve it in the first class.
Americans are making fewer changes to their long-haul flights, of which there are still fewer due to travel restrictions from other countries. Separately, the American has quit a number of their lounges before the flight and no longer accepts controlled pets.
To encourage the social distance policy recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American redistributes locations to customers so that they do not have to sit next to someone else. This means that most people will be able to avoid the dreaded middle ground. The changes were facilitated as many airlines fly with only 20% to 30% of seats filled.
Starts immediately on domestic flights and some shorter international flights, Participate (VALLEY)
reducing the number of snack offerings to two, giving their first-class passengers boxed meals and completely eliminating alcoholic drinks for everyone. The only beverage available is bottled water. The changes are in addition to eliminating glass and hot towels in the first class.
The said the airline
currently “evaluating adjustments” for its long-term international flights. A number of its lounges before the flight, known as the Sky Club, have also been closed due to declining passenger traffic.
do not have first class cabins or lounges, but so do changes. It suspends the beverage and snack service from Wednesday to “restrict close public interactions” between customers and its crew. Preserved water will be made available upon request.
told CNN Business that it has no immediate plans to make changes similar to its competitors. It has adjusted how it offers snacks by serving them on a tray instead of letting passengers choose their own, no longer refilling drinks and letting their flight attendants wear gloves during flights.