Airlines looking for a lift from holiday travel

Oct 8, 2021
United cites a jump in holiday searches as a reason for optimism. But consumers have been booking flights closer to travel time during the pandemic.
Air travel is expected to approach pre-pandemic levels this holiday season.
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Leisure travel is back to pre-pandemic levels. But business travel? Not even close.

Jul 5, 2021
The pandemic seems to have taught a lot of businesses that employees don't need to travel as much as they used to.
People walk through a terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) on Jan. 31, 2020 in New York City.
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Business travelers holding back on flying, for now

May 18, 2021
Business travelers are about twice as lucrative for the airlines as leisure fliers
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CDC: Vacant middle seats on flights reduce COVID exposure risk

Apr 19, 2021
But most major domestic airlines have already stopped blocking those seats.
This late in the pandemic, though, this data might not make a whole lot of difference when it comes to airlines' policies.
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A new airline is launching, focusing on smaller airports

Avelo Airlines will offer nonstop flights to secondary airports across the Western U.S.
Avelo Airlines will offer nonstop flights to secondary airports across the Western U.S.
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Airlines get a lift from cargo business, but they're still struggling

Mar 3, 2021
Demand for air cargo is back to pre-pandemic levels, but passenger loads are nowhere close.
Americans are buying a lot of stuff these days, which is pushing up demand for air cargo.
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Airlines, struggling with COVID-19 headwinds, tally their 2020 financial losses

Jan 28, 2021
With vaccines starting to roll out, will travelers want to take to the skies again in 2021?
What will 2021 look like for air travel? American and Southwest lost billions of dollars in 2020.
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Biden plans to block Trump decision to lift COVID travel restrictions

Jan 19, 2021
These are restrictions that ban most travelers from Europe, the U.K., Brazil and Ireland.
Incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted that the Biden administration plans to "strengthen public health measures around international travel."
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Airlines get relief funds, but travel rebound may take a while

Dec 29, 2020
The measure includes money that will allow the airline industry to bring back furloughed workers through March.
A pilot walks through New York's LaGuardia Airport on Dec. 3.
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Airlines add routes to beach and ski destinations, cut back on others

Oct 27, 2020
With international and business travel way down, airlines are adding more flights to domestic leisure spots.
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