Here’s what you need to know from today’s Des Moines Airport Authority Board meeting.
1.The board received a summary of the economic effect the coronavirus is having on the airport’s operation. This comes after it was announced Monday that the airport would close Concourse A because of reduced travel.
- The airport has seen a 48% reduction in scheduled departures so far in April compared with what was planned in March. A decrease of 47% is forecast from May 2019 to May 2020.
- There has been a loss of 671 departures in April, for a reduction of 33.4%.
- Airlines serving the airport have seen reductions in scheduled flights, with Delta seeing the highest reduction at 72%. United has seen a 59% reduction, American Airlines has seen a 22% reduction in scheduled flights, and Southwest has seen a reduction of 2%. Allegiant has only completed three flights in April, as of today.
- The Des Moines airport is screening an average of 210 passengers daily, including crew members, compared with a daily average of 8,038 passengers in April 2019.
- Nationwide, the airline industry is projecting an 85% drop in flights between April and June.
- The airport has not had any layoffs or furloughs, but business partners within the airport have taken those measures to reduce costs. The company that manages the parking facility has gone to credit card-only payment, laying off cashiers. Shuttle service is being reduced, resulting in the layoff of drivers.
- The board rejected bids for a glycol storage tank repair project, and for a rental car facility high-speed door replacement project, because of concerns about revenue and the coronavirus.
2. The airport is slated to receive more than $23 million through the CARES Act, approved by Congress to stabilize the economy, which has been slowed by business closures and layoffs. The amount was higher than the board discussed during its meeting, where it was told the airport could receive between $8 million and $10 million. Airport spokesperson Kayla Kovarna said the increased aid will better help the airport manage the $3 million to $3.5 million loss in revenue it is experiencing each month as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.