Then and Now: Mapping The Effects of 9/11, COVID-19 On U.S. Carriers

candlelight vigil at  Dulles International Airport
Airline and airport employees held a candlelight vigil at Dulles International Airport on Sept. 14, 2001, the first night of operations after the terrorist attacks three days earlier.
Credit: George Hamlin
The tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, quickly accelerated a brewing recession in the U.S. and ushered in what Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly regularly refers to as “the lost decade” for the country’s airlines. That 10-year period was peppered with one crisis after another—the severe acute...

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