Airline executives acknowledge that the partial US government shutdown is affecting their businesses, but they are downplaying both immediate and long-term ramifications, seemingly betting on a near-term resolution to the stalemate that began Dec. 22, 2018. “We’re not going to speculate what’s going to happen with the government shutdown,” Delta Air Lines president Glen Hauenstein told analysts on the airline’s fourth-quarter earnings call Jan. 15. “We ...

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