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Delta to furlough nearly 2,000 pilots this fall

Early retirements won't solve pilot overstaffing problem, company says

Delta sets passenger limits on flights amid pandemic -- most other airlines are not
Delta sets passenger limits on flights amid pandemic -- most other airlines are not

Delta Airlines says it is temporarily pulling nearly 2,000 pilots from its cockpits.

The airline announced Monday that it is furloughing 1,941 pilots in October.

Delta says it has a pilot overstaffing situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and early retirements will not solve the problem.

Delta reports it currently has more than 11,000 active pilots, but said it only needs less than 9,500 pilots for its peak flying period, which is expected to hit in the summer of 2021.