These are unprecedented times… to say the least. The entire world has been turned on its head, and although it would appear as though things are beginning to get back to some form of normal, a number of things and regular occurrences in our lives, prior to the pandemic, are going to take some time to return to what they used to be.
There is no better example of this than the airline industry and air travel.
The airline industry is a multi-billion-dollar industry that also benefits from the government giving it money on a regular basis. With that said, the pandemic has made traveling by plane a great deal different, and the number of people flying right now has reduced dramatically.
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA),
“Last year, 43 million Americans traveled for Memorial Day Weekend – the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel volumes in 2000,” said Paula Twidale, senior vice president at AAA Travel. “With social distancing guidelines still in practice, this holiday weekend’s travel volume is likely to set a record low.”
Additionally, according to an article published by Fox Business,
“Going into this year’s Memorial Day weekend, 348,673 people traveled on Friday, May 22 and 253,190 people traveled on Saturday, May 23, according to checkpoint travel from the Transportation Security Administration. On the same dates the year before, 2,792,670 and 2,124,825 million people traveled, respectively.”
As it has been noted, the number of people who traveled over Memorial Day weekend this year was dramatically down from last year.
Until the public feels safe and state governments begin to exude a clear message about the virus and what to do and what not to do, the number of people who are going to travel will remain near record lows.