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Air Travel: What’s The Current View From The Sky?




Passengers board an American Airlines flight to Charlotte, North Carolina at San Diego International Airport on May 20, 2020 in San Diego, California.
Passengers board an American Airlines flight to Charlotte, North Carolina at San Diego International Airport on May 20, 2020 in San Diego, California.
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The air travel industry has been rocked by the coronavirus pandemic as people have backed away from travel of all kinds. But according to the Wall Street Journal, some Europeans seem to be willing to take flights for cheap vacations. 

Still, global air travel is recovering more slowly than expected and it will take until 2024 to return to pre-pandemic levels, the trade association for the airline industry said. The International Air Transport Association pushed back its prediction by one year due to the slow containment of the outbreak in the U.S. and in developing countries. Experts have said that air travel is not rebounding along with rising levels of business confidence in Europe, the U.S. and China. It’s unclear what travel will look like in the future and when we could see people traveling in large numbers again.

Today on AirTalk, we look at where things stand with air travel right now. Have you taken a flight recently? What was the experience like? If you haven’t traveled, when do you think you’d be willing to book a flight? When there’s a vaccine? When case numbers appear more optimistic? Tell us your thoughts by calling 866-893-5722. 

With files from the Associated Press

Guest:

Hugo Martín, business writer for the Los Angeles Times, covering the travel industry; he tweets @hugomartin