U.S. air travel to reach 1 million passengers per day by March 20: analyst | Instant News

After a difficult winter, things could change dramatically for the airline industry, supported mostly by vaccinations. “I think we’re going to see a jailbreak this summer as more and more people get vaccinated,” said Helane Becker, aviation analyst at Cowan. If April 2020 was the last, with around 87,000 people traveling per day, Becker said things would be very different this year. Around March 20, the passenger volume will cross the million per day mark, she said. “On Memorial Day weekend, we think the recovery will start in earnest and continue through the summer,” Becker said. optimistic for the United States “It will be the domestic journey – it will not be international,” she said. Any international travel that occurs, she added, would be the Caribbean and Mexico. “I don’t think people are comfortable, but travel eight hours by plane to Italy, France or Spain,” she said. comfortable enough to travel might require a vaccine passport, a new type of check similar to post-9/11 air travel adjustments. “We got used to taking our shoes off and going through metal detectors. We got used to taking our coats and toiletries out of our bags, “she said.” We will get used to this idea in a few years. Still, the tests will stay in place for a while – something that could change the kind of trips people take. Testing could reduce the number of long weekends people could take, but shouldn’t be a problem for stays longer than a week, Becker said. Last year they lost around $ 35 billion and braced for another roughly 2021. – Ethan Wolff-Mann is a writer at Yahoo Finance specializing in consumer issues, personal finance, retail, airlines and more. Follow him on Twitter @ewolffmann.

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