Delta sees losing $25 million in revenue in January during shutdown

    FILE- In this May 24, 2018, file photo a Delta Air Lines passenger jet plane, a Boeing 737-900 model, approaches Logan Airport in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

    ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines says it's on pace to lose $25 million in revenue this month as federal employees and contractors remain grounded by the partial government shutdown.

    Security lines at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta stretch more than an hour long amid the partial federal shutdown, causing some travelers to miss flights, Monday morning, Jan. 14, 2019. (John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

    CEO Ed Bastian said Tuesday that the shutdown will also delay the airline's ability to start using new Airbus jets that must be certified by safety regulators who have been furloughed since Dec. 22.

    Bastian says customers are bearing the brunt of the shutdown, with longer lines at airport security checkpoints. An unusually high number of airport screeners have been missing work after they did not get paychecks last week.

    Delta's biggest hub is at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where many passengers waited more than an hour in checkpoint lines during peak hours on Monday. Bastian says such delays are limited to a few airports.

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