Alaska Airlines to reduce its flights by 70 percent for the next two months

Seattle, Washington - The American airline operator Alaska Airlines will reduce its number of flights dramatically in April and May as the COVID-19 continues to spread in the United States.

Alaska Airlines will decrease its flights by about 70 percent in April and May throughout its network. The airline, which announced a 10 percent reduction earlier this month, averages 1,300 daily flights. The projected cuts will reduce Alaska Airlines' daily flights to about 400.

Hawaii, which has a mandatory 14-day self-isolation, quarantine in place for all travelers entering the state, and Alaska will have an even greater reduction of service, the company said in a release.

Additional cuts in flights are possible if the demand for air travel continues to decrease.

But it remains essential that we keep flying,

the airline said in a release.

Some of you have a critical need for us to get you somewhere, and it’s crucial we keep cargo moving, which includes transporting mail, food, medicine, medical supplies and an increasing amount of goods that are being ordered online.