As more Americans receive a COVID-19 vaccination, people are growing even more tempted to travel. Airlines certainly hope that’s as some add various domestic routes in an effort to reach folks who are ready to climb aboard this summer.
According to CNBC, United Airlines has added dozens of nonstop flights from the midwest to coastal areas. The company also announced its planning to hire hundreds of pilots next month as it expects to recover from the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic over the last year. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control released new guidance on Friday for traveling which says fully vaccinated folks can travel at low risk to themselves. The highly anticipated guidance came with mixed messages from the head of the CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, who says traveling still isn’t advised as cases are rising in parts of the country. Today on AirTalk, we check in on the airline industry as it tries to bounce back. We also want to hear from you! How do you feel about returning to the sky? Do you feel safe? Not yet? Are you purchasing tickets for the near future? Tell us your thoughts by calling 866-893-5722.
Helane Becker, managing director and senior research analyst covering airlines and air-related industries for Cowen, an independent investment and financial services company based in New York