Grounded in Arizona: Flights arrive but don’t leave as ailing airlines park fleets

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John D’Anna, Arizona RepublicUSA TODAYMay 18, 2020, 11:29 AM CDT

A week ago Friday, 10 Delta Airlines jetliners flew into a remote desert airstrip between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. Not one flew out. 

So far this past week, planes owned by Avianca Ecuador, Air Canada and its regional carrier Jazz Aviation, and a contract carrier from Bangor, Maine, have arrived at Pinal Air Park near Marana. 

They carried no passengers and only a skeleton crew, usually just a pilot and a first officer, and those planes, too, never left, reports The Arizona Republic, which is part of the USA TODAY Network. 

In the last 10 days more than 50 jetliners have filed final flight plans to the converted World War II training base.

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