According to TSA data the low point of air traffic was on April 14 with 87K passengers. Looks like we are now in the 500-600K range. A long way to go to normal levels but that is a pretty big increase.
I would imagine that the flight attendants will be slow to recover as during the ramp-up of passengers the airlines have simply been filling the limited number of flights that they offer. It won't be until they start adding additional flights that they will need more attendants and pilots.
500-600K pax is much bigger than the sub-100K we saw earlier, but it's still a very far cry from the 2.5M-ish one would ordinarily expect.
FWIW, I think it may be several years before we get back to those pre-pandemic numbers. There will be some pent-up demand but many individuals and businesses are re-thinking what travel is essential and how it will look. One organization I work with is considering consolidating 6-7 in-person professional conferences per year into just one, with a total attendance of maybe 1.5x-2x one of the "old" ones. Even that might be an ambitious goal.
I agree - but saying that there has not been an increase in airline passengers is not correct.
We'll have to see how the spikes impact United's plansLast edited by Shades, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 4:42 PM
Let's put it this way: I can't remember the last time I flew less than 50K miles in one year, but I don't feel comfortable betting that I will do that again anytime in the next several.
I can't possibly be alone.
If the season Fast Lane is extended Through 2021 like the season pass is being extended, there is absolutely no reason to complain about anything at all for 2020. If one does not use their house at all this year they are not out anything because it is good next year!
If things are back to normal in 2021, one will get their moneys worth in 2021 and any use of it at all in 2020 is a bonus!
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