OPINIONAshley Nunes, Opinion contributor Published 5:52 p.m. ET March 25, 2020 What the airline industry needs isn’t a bailout but less competition, in order to produce the types of margins airlines need to cover costs.The numbers are staggering. Delta Air Lines is parking at least 50% of its entire fleet. United Airlines reports passenger bookings are down 70%. And 75% of American Airlines’ international flights are to be cut. Across the pond, Virgin Atlantic is offering staff eight weeks of unpaid leave, Norwegian Air is furloughing 90% of its workforce, and Austrian Airlines has suspended flights altogether.The culprit for all this is COVID-19. The rapid spread of the virus — coupled with government-imposed flying restrictions — has caused travel demand to plummet. Airline execs liken the situation to the 9/11 attacks. The comparison has some merit. In the aftermath of those attacks, bookings dropped, and airlines were left reeling. In their desperation, free market loving airline execs turned to governments for help. Governments obliged, forking out billions in taxpayer cash to keep airlines afloat. With COVID-19, expect more of the same.The three largest US airlines — United, American and Delta — are already asking the White House for help. For the “Big Three,” this means securing $50 billion in taxpayer cash. Don’t fault airline execs for tapping


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