Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said during a news conference today that 95% of plane travel has stopped in the city -- the biggest drop in flights in the airport’s history, he added.
During the 9/11 terrorist attacks, plane travel dropped by about 55% and it took 10 years to come back, Garcetti said.
Los Angeles International Airport is the fourth busiest airport in the world, with 87.5 million passengers in 2018.
Relief loans: LA is expected to receive more than $323 million from the CARES Act, which issues coronavirus relief loans. This will help maintain vital infrastructure and keep employees working as the city recovers from the crisis, Garcetti said.
In addition, airlines and their contractors are receiving $29 billion in federal funds from the legislation. Garcetti explained that a condition of these funds will be to retain almost all of their employees through September 30.
Expanding testing capabilities: Los Angeles has expanded its coronavirus testing capacity and is now able to test 11,000 people per day. By the end of today, approximately 61,000 people across all testing sites will have been tested.