Thanksgiving Air Travel Rises to Pandemic High, But Historic Low

December 1, 2020

Despite warnings from health officials, U.S. air travel during the Thanksgiving holiday rose to the highest level since the start of the pandemic. According to the Transportation Security Administration, 1.2 million people were screened at airports on Sunday. That’s the highest level since March 16, but still down nearly 60% from the 2.9 million travelers who were screened last year.

The number of air travelers saw a gradual recovery between April and July, but has largely stagnated since then. Airlines expect dramatic revenue declines in the fourth quarter, and many are calling for additional relief for the industry in the next coronavirus relief bill.

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