Senate Panel to Probe Harm of Covid on Aviation

 - May 5, 2020, 12:26 PM

This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee will take a closer look at the harm the Covid-19 pandemic has wrought on the aviation industry during a hearing this week that will include the participation of manufacturing, airlines, and airport representatives. Scheduled for Wednesday, the hearing, “The State of the Aviation Industry: Examining the Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic,” will address the current status of the industry, challenges resulting from the Covid crisis, and the implementation of the CARES Act.

This week’s slate includes Aerospace Industries Association president and CEO Eric Fanning, Airlines for America president and CEO Nicholas Calio, and American Association of Airport Executives president and CEO Todd Hauptli.

The hearing comes as manufacturers have furloughed and laid off numerous workers, slowed production, and deferred deliveries. GE Aviation just on Monday told employees that plans call to shrink its workforce by 25 percent, and several manufacturers last week reported slowed production and deferred deliveries. In addition, the toll on airlines continues to mount with the International Air Transport Association quantifying lost revenues this year at $314 billion. Airports also have faced their difficulties as flights have slowed to a trickle at many facilities, prompting the FAA to cut hours at more than 90 air traffic control towers.