As Cities Exit Quarantine, Airlines Add Flights
Prime vacation spots see travel reinstated
File Under: Thank Goodness.
The new normal is unfurling and so are the world’s wings. Yes, airlines are beginning to resume flights into prime U.S. vacation spots.
Pilar Wolfsteller, of FlightGlobal (billed as global aviation community’s primary source of news, data, insight, knowledge, and expertise), wrote, “The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)… said passenger numbers are slowly rising from a low of just 87,534 travelers screened on 14 April to 352,000 passengers on 31 May.”
“That is the highest number since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic crisis in March,” added Wolfsteller. “But still far lower than last year’s count of 2.5 million on the same day.”
Up, up, and away…
But that uptick might tick further upward:
We’re pleased to share plans for the phased reopening of @WaltDisneyWorld Resort Theme Parks, Resort Hotels and Disney Stores. Learn more on the @DisneyParks Blog: https://t.co/T6xSgfVddW pic.twitter.com/LnoVYuWQ8T
— Disney Parks News (@DisneyParksNews) May 27, 2020
As traditional US summer holiday spots like Florida and Las Vegas begin loosening restrictions after an almost-three-month coronavirus-forced hibernation, airlines are seeing passenger interest rise to these destinations, but also across their networks.
The Walt Disney collection of amusement parks, located near Orlando in central Florida, and gaming hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada are some of the most popular US domestic holiday destinations. Airlines that serve those cities are reacting to the phased re-opening of these businesses by increasing frequencies from around the country to make sure travelers can get there in time.
— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) May 27, 2020
However, how quickly will flight numbers achieve even a modicum of “normalcy”?
“At the end of the day, the decision to travel will largely come down to individual preference,” Expedia spokesperson Alexis Tiacoh told NJ Advance Media (via AviationPros.com). “Regardless, everyone should feel secure and comfortable in their choices when it’s OK to get out there again.”
I hope all of us feel safe the next time we step onto a plane!