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Compass Airlines to Cease Operations

An American Eagle E175 at Los Angeles International Airport. American plans to cut services to over a dozen small cities if CARES Act funding is not extended. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Greg Linton)

Compass Airlines, a regional carrier that flies for both Delta Air Lines and American Airlines, has announced that it will cease operations from April 7.

The company said Thursday that it is shutting down as demand suffered a significant drop, due to the public concern and fear derived from the coronavirus crisis.

The carrier was already set to finalize its contract with Delta, but the demise of the whole industry was simply too much to take for the company. Just a few weeks back, Compass’ parent industry Trans States Airlines announced that it would be closing after United decided to not move forward with a new contract.

Rick Leach, CEO of Trans States Airlines, told employees that the coronavirus presents “insurmountable obstacles” and that “the impact of this global crisis is real and unfortunately, no carrier, mainline or regional, is immune from its reach.”  

“It’s difficult to articulate or even comprehend the speed at which the coronavirus has changed our industry and our world, and the impact it has had on our company,” Leach continued.

“As difficult as this news is to process, we must conclude these last weeks of our operation with the same commitment to safety, quality and professionalism that have become synonymous with the Compass name. Take care of yourselves and each other in the weeks ahead,” he concluded.

Pablo Diaz

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    Since a little kid, Pablo set his passions in order: aviation, soccer, and everything else. He has traveled to various destinations throughout South America, Asia, and Europe. Technology and systems expert, occasional spotter, not-so-dynamic midfielder, blogger, husband, father of three cats; he believes that Latin America's aviation industry past, present, and future offer a lot of stories to be told.

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