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United Airlines to cut flights by 50 percent

United Airlines President Scott Kirby laid out a doom-and-gloom scenario in a presentation to investors on Tuesday about the airline’s aggressive play book to cope with the coronavirus crisis.

He said he hoped the dire predictions — projected revenue declines of 70 percent in April and May, worse than after 9/11 — didn’t come true.

In a matter of days, they did and the airline is throwing out that playbook and making even deeper cuts. 

An United Airlines plane is shown on the tarmac from an outdoor terrace and observation deck at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco on Feb. 20, 2020.

In a memo to employees late Sunday, Kirby and United CEO Oscar Munoz said the airline will cut flights by 50 percent in April and May and extend cuts into the peak summer travel season. Even with a severely reduced number of flights, the airline said it still expects planes to be less than a third full.

“In just the last few days, the impact of the coronavirus has really hit home and disrupted the daily routines of hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the world,” the memo said. “State and local governments

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