They said Courtier had since been reunited with her family and left the park.
In a statement, Courtier’s family said they were overjoyed she had been found safe.
“We would like thank the rangers and search teams who relentlessly looked for her day and night and never gave up hope. We are also so grateful to the countless volunteers who were generous with their time, resources and support.
“This wouldn’t have been possible without the network of people who came together,” the Chambers-Courtier family said in a statement.
“We are all just overwhelmed and grateful,” family friend Kelley Kaufman told CNN.
Courtier was last seen getting off a shuttle van at the Grotto area stop that leads to several Zion hiking trails, according to the National Park Service.
Zion National Park thanked those who had helped search for Courtier, including the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, K-9 units, search teams and rangers from other national parks, and volunteers.
Courtier’s daughter Kailey Chambers had traveled to Zion to try to find her mother.
She told CNN on Saturday that she usually talked to her mother almost every day and was worried when she had not heard from her for well over a week.
“This was her dream, to see national parks,” Chambers said. “She lost her job as a nanny due to Covid-19. The family could not afford to keep paying her. She made that a positive thing — said that gave her the time to get out, see the parks.”
Chambers appealed for help from other hikers to help find Courtier but she said her mother was a fit, experienced hiker and a fighter who could survive for more than a week outdoors in all of Zion’s rugged glory.
“If I could say anything to her, I would say just keep fighting,” Chambers said.
A United Airlines airplane takes off at San Francisco International Airport.
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United Airlines on Wednesday posted a wider-than-expected third quarter loss as the coronavirus pandemic continued to hammer air travel demand, but the carrier trimmed its cash burn.
Here’s how United performed compared with what Wall Street expected, based on average estimates compiled by Refinitiv:
- Adjusted EPS: a loss of $8.16 versus an expected loss of $7.53 per share.
- Revenue: $2.49 billion versus $2.50 billion, expected.
The Chicago-based carrier swung to a net loss of $1.8 billion in the three months ended Sept. 30, from a $1 billion profit a year ago. Revenue in the three months ended Sept. 30 dropped 78% to $2.49 billion from $11.38 billion a year ago, roughly in line with Wall Street expectations. Excluding one-time items, United posted a per-share loss of $8.16, compared with analysts’ estimates of a per-share loss of $7.53.
United cut its daily cash burn in the quarter to $25 million a day, including debt and severance payments, down from an average of $40 million a day in the previous quarter.
Airlines have struggled during the pandemic, particularly large carriers like United, Delta and American, which were heavily reliant on international and business areas, two of the hardest-hit segments.
United early this month started furloughing some 13,000 employees after the terms of federal payroll support expired. United and other carriers are pushing for additional aid but Congress and the White House have repeatedly failed to reach a coronavirus stimulus deal that could include the extra relief for carriers.
United executives will walk investors through results at 10:30 a.m. ET Thursday.
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(CNN) — As news of a novel coronavirus was just taking hold in early February, Kelly Donithan arrived in South Korea on the first leg of what was supposed to be a standard canine rescue mission.
The rescue and removal of the dog cages and dogs from the dog slaughterhouse in places like Cambodia have been complicated by travel restrictions.
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The February trip was a “vaccine visit,” where Donithan and her US-based team assess and vaccinate dozens of dogs — in this case from a dog meat farm the HSI recently helped to close.
This is typically the first veterinary care or vaccinations the dogs have received, so HSI waits another 30 days before bringing them into the United States. So with local staff monitoring the animals’ care, Donithan returned home for a spell.
Then everything changed. As Covid-19 swept the globe, animal welfare advocates found themselves navigating a new world.
The rise of relocation rescue
Most advocates for companion animals prioritize placement in safe, loving, nearby homes.
This is Daisy, a dog in Cambodia who has been saved from slaughter thanks to the help of animal rescue group Four Paws.
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But, whether we’re talking about Asia, Europe or the Americas, keeping adoptions local isn’t always possible. When the number of animals in need is out of proportion to available adoptive households in the area, more animals suffer.
“There’s a cost of land issue, there’s an education issue. There’s a pet culture difference in different areas,” Javor explained.
Thus, when adoption capacity is overwhelmed in one place, rescuers look to send the animals elsewhere. “I can fly 30 or 40 pets [from California] to Washington or Canada, and I would say 80 to 90 percent are adopted within one week,” Javor said.
The essential work of relocating dogs and cats from high-risk situations to places with a greater demand for adoption is packed with new barriers.
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Historically, Newton explains, most transport was conducted via a daisy chain of vehicles.
But, in recent years, the accessibility of air travel has opened up relocation as a rescue solution. Planes turn a 30-hour van ride into a three-hour flight.
And, depending on the number of animals being moved and the distance they’ll travel, organizations have options, from booking passage on commercial passenger or cargo flights to chartering dedicated planes through nonprofits such as Pet Rescue Pilots.
But what happens to the dogs and cats during a pandemic, when the necessary conveyance of these animals — especially across international borders — becomes impossible?
Covid-19 and animal transport
For organizations that rely on transport to move dogs and cats into or out of their care, travel restrictions have significantly altered the landscape.
More than 100 dogs rescued from South Korea’s dog meat trade arrive at Dulles International Airport in June this summer.
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During the 30-day waiting period, Donithan explained, the rescued animals usually stay at the facility with the farmer, who is voluntarily transitioning to another line of work and has signed a contract to continue providing care.
HSI provides assistance, including food, and in a normal year, local staff check in regularly. In the early days of the pandemic; however, South Korea drastically restricted travel within its own borders in an effort to abate the virus’ spread, so even local HSI staff were unable to conduct their visits, Donithan said.
Once the waiting period is up, the dogs fly on passenger or cargo planes 15 to 25 at a time depending on their size, she said.
It’s a lot of work to shuttle the dogs from farm to airport for multiple trips over a period of one or two weeks. With US-based staff unable to enter South Korea, it was too much for the substantially smaller South Korean staff. So, Donithan and her colleagues started searching for alternatives.
Dogs depart South Korea and prepare for a long flight to the US where they hope to be rescued.
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As the pandemic pressed on and travel remained difficult, the dogs stayed at the farm much longer than usual. “We were getting worried about the condition of animals on the farm, [so] our Korean staff and some volunteers were able to get all the dogs off the farm and put them into our partner boarding facility,” she said.
“That was really only feasible because the farm was a bit smaller and the dogs were easier to handle — on the smaller side — but it did require the boarding facility to build more kennels to keep the dogs.”
For some organizations, whether because of their size or the location of specific programs, the travel and transport restrictions of the pandemic are putting rescue efforts at risk.
So rescued dogs sit in the country indefinitely, potentially overburdening local shelters’ already limited resources.
Dog adoptions are up in a lot of places, but the issue of transporting animals in need of homes remains.
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“We want to offer support to the government to say, ‘Close these places, close these places, let’s help rescue the dogs,'” Polak said. “But the issue is, what do we do with the dogs? If we don’t have that mechanism [of transport], we have to be a bit more careful with what we’re committing to,” Polak said.
On the other side of these types of scenarios, the rescues that depend on importing animals from across state or country borders sometimes struggle to meet adoption needs in their communities.
Many rescue organizations completely suspended transport operations during the first months of the pandemic, leaving high-demand areas such as British Columbia in short supply. As services like those offered by Pet Rescue Pilots have resumed, potential pet owners are now champing at the bit.
“We get, like 10 applications easily per dog,” Agar of Kamloops Ruff Start Rescue said.
Adapting to the new landscape
In July, five months after HSI’s initial vaccination trip, Donithan helped load 105 dogs onto a cargo plane in South Korea. Because the airline required someone accompany the dogs, she said she had received permission to bypass the standard quarantine, but was prohibited from passing through customs to enter the country.
Dogs leave South Korea for the US where they await adoptions.
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Instead, she spent two nights in the airport in Seoul before being escorted to the cargo hangar to join the dogs for the flight to the United States, where they’ll be rescued.
In early October, Donithan headed back to South Korea to retrieve 195 dogs from another farm closure. So far, the process has gone more smoothly. South Korean staff were able to carry out the vaccine visit about a month ago, and Donithan will be there to help transfer the dog from farm to airport — after undergoing a mandatory two-week quarantine.
“Everything is about adapting, figuring out how to continue our work as best we can with the standards we want to uphold, with the constraints,” Donithan said.
Delta Air Lines passenger planes are seen parked due to flight reductions made to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
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Delta Air Lines booked a $5.4 billion net loss for the third quarter after the coronavirus pandemic roiled what is usually the peak travel period of the year.
Delta’s revenue dropped by more than 75% from $12.56 billion a year ago to $3.06 billion in the three months ended Sept. 30, slightly under analysts’ forecasts for $3.1 billion, it said Tuesday, kicking off third-quarter reporting for the beleaguered sector. Delta’s president warned revenues may not normalize for “two years or more.”
Delta’s shares were down 2% in premarket trading.
The airline also posted a wider-than-expected loss during the quarter.
Large airlines like Delta have been particularly challenged in the pandemic because they previously relied heavily on business travel and sprawling international networks, two areas that have been hard-hit in recent months.
Delta has spent recent months retiring dozens of aircraft and reducing its footprint to cut costs. About 18,000 Delta employees, about a fifth of its pre-pandemic workforce, accepted buyouts and early retirement packages, prompting a $3.1 billion restructuring charge.
Airlines received portions of $25 billion in federal payroll support Congress passed this spring but talks between the Trump administration and Congress for additional airline aid have repeatedly derailed.
Here’s how Delta performed compared with what Wall Street expected, based on average estimates compiled by Refinitiv:
- Adjusted EPS: a loss of $3.30 versus an expected loss of $3
- Revenue: $3.06 billion versus $3.11 billion, expected
More airlines are competing for price-sensitive leisure travelers within the United States but demand has struggled, despite an uptick from multi-decade lows hit in April. The Transportation Security Administration screened nearly 64 million people at U.S. airports in the third quarter, up 150% from the three months ended June 30 but still down from the 221 million people TSA screened in the year-earlier period.
Delta and its competitors have scrambled to introduce enhanced cleaning procedures and other policies, to calm travelers nervous about flying during the pandemic. Delta, for example, leaves middle seats open on flights.
Delta was able to cut its daily cash burn by more than 44% from roughly $43 million during the second quarter to an average of $24 million a day. Delta got down to $18 million a day in September, an improvement but still far off its goal of breaking even by the end of the year.
“While our September quarter results demonstrate the magnitude of the pandemic on our business, we have been encouraged as more customers travel and we are seeing a path of progressive improvement in our revenues, financial results and daily cash burn,” Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian said in an earnings release.
Since the pandemic began, Delta has posted more than $11 billion in losses.
On an adjusted basis, Delta lost $3.30 per share, more than the $3 per share loss analysts polled by Refinitiv were expecting.
Delta has already retired dozens of planes to cut costs. In the last quarter, it added to the list, deciding to retire its Boeing 767-300 ERs and 717-200s by 2025 and CRJ-200s by 2023.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 takes off from Hollywood Burbank Airport on September 16, 2020 in Burbank, California.
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Dallas-based Southwest on Monday said it plans to add service at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Chicago O’Hare next year, two United hubs and the cities’ larger airports. It marks a strategy shift for the low-cost carrier that has relied mainly on secondary airports in some of the largest U.S. cities. Its operations in those cities are still centered on Houston’s Hobby Airport and Chicago’s Midway International Airport.
The shift comes as airlines rethink their networks after the coronavirus pandemic devastated demand. Business travel has largely been absent, forcing carriers to focus on vacationers with beach and other outdoor destinations.
Southwest isn’t the only carrier to sense opportunity amid the lull in traffic to once-congested airports. Chicago-based United is planning to return to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport after a more than five-year absence in early 2021, CNBC reported last month.
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 (LN2318) on final-approach after a pre-delivery test flight at dusk.
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Southwest Airlines pilots’ union is pushing back on a company proposal to cut pay by 10% to avoid furloughs through the end of next year, the latest wrinkle in the Dallas-based carrier’s efforts to cut costs in the pandemic.
Southwest is trying to preserve its record of never having furloughed workers in its nearly 50 years of flying, but its CEO Gary Kelly warned earlier this month that it would seek concessions from the labor unions that make up the bulk of its workforce.
“Our goal is to protect every pilot job so we can be prepared to take advantage of revenue opportunities when customer demand returns,” Southwest said in an emailed statement. “Until then, we must also begin to restore our balance sheet by more closely aligning our loss in revenue with lower costs.”
All U.S. airlines are struggling with a plunge in revenue from the sharp drop in travel demand because of the virus. In the first 10 days of the month, the Transportation Security Administration screened an average of 804,302 people a day, down nearly 66% from the same period a year ago.
On Friday, Southwest proposed the 10% pay rate cut to its roughly 9,000 pilots. The union, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association took issue with the across-the-board reduction and force majeure clauses, which it feared the airline could lean on to furlough pilots anyway.
“This addition would not protect us from furloughs or ensure us that our hourly trip rates would snap back after the term of any agreement,” the union said in a memo to members.
The union pointed to other options like voluntary time off at reduced pay and early retirement packages.
“We have a revenue and short-term cash problem that cannot be fixed by concessions alone,” the union said in a memo on Friday. Its president Jon Weaks, told CNBC the company’s proposal is “dead on arrival” but that the union is open to further talks on cost-cutting measures.
The dispute comes as competitors American Airlines and United Airlines earlier this month began cutting more than 30,000 jobs after the terms of billions in federal aid expired. Southwest doesn’t plan to furlough workers this year but earlier this month said it would seek concessions from unions for a committment to keep jobs through 2021.
United Airlines pilots agreed to reduce minimum hours in order to prevent close to 3,000 furloughs planned this year.
A JetBlue Airways Corp. plane taxis next to American Airlines Group Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc., and Alaska Airlines Inc. aircraft at Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., on Monday, April 6, 2020.
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Airline stocks fell Thursday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there won’t be a standalone bill for additional aid for carriers without a larger coronavirus stimulus package.
Pelosi’s comments come two days after President Donald Trump halted talks for a national coronavirus package until after the election, but urged additional aid for the ailing airline sector.
Airlines last week started furloughing more than 33,000 workers. Carriers agreed not to cut any workers until Oct. 1 under the terms of $25 billion in support Congress approved in the $2.2 trillion CARES Act in March.
The funds were meant to help airlines manage a dip in demand but a significant rebound in air travel demand has failed to materialize. Airlines and labor unions have been urging lawmakers and the Trump administration to approve $25 billion more to preserve jobs through March 2021.
Airline shares were up earlier in the day on hopes that Congress could advance stand-alone aid for the sector.
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