Airlines Notice Increase in Travel Despite Pandemic

The holidays are here, and it appears to be another busy travel season, even in the middle of a pandemic.

But “busy” for 2020 is not the same “busy” as in 2019. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expected to screen more than 6 million travelers over the Thanksgiving week. Last year, over 26 million people were screened around the same time.

On Nov. 19, over 900,000 passengers traveled across the country, despite the COVID-19 surge. This represented 63 percent fewer travelers than flew on this week in 2019.

Despite the reduced numbers, it was still one of the busiest air travel days for this year due to COVID-19.

Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and other U.S. airlines have seen the rise in COVID cases affect their bookings. They have also seen an increase in cancellations as well.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending people postpone their holiday travel plans and stay home to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus.