American Consequences - August 2020

And in most people’s minds, the confined space of an airplane heightens the risk of getting COVID-19. Just think of all the times you’ve been near someone who sneezed for an entire flight. As a result, almost 2,000 U.S. passenger planes were sitting idle... That’s 32% of the country’s passenger airline fleet, as of July 19. And it’s after the major airlines already started the retirement process for hundreds of planes in recent months. The A4A data also showed that U.S. airlines averaged just 55 passengers per domestic flight and 71 passengers per international flight in the week ending July 19. International passengers were down 90% in the week ending July 19, as compared to a year ago.

DON’T EXPECT A V-SHAPED RECOVERY Folks are scared to death of COVID-19... We saw that firsthand when various states started easing their quarantine restrictions in recent weeks and months. Malls, department stores, and restaurants that reopened still remained deserted in many places. And in most people’s minds, the confined space of an airplane heightens the risk of getting COVID-19. Just think of all the times you’ve been near someone who sneezed for an entire flight. According to data from trade group Airlines for America (“A4A”) – whose members include the four largest U.S. airlines – U.S. passengers were down nearly 75% in the week ending July 19, as compared to a year ago. You can see the massive drop starting in early March...

20%

-0%

U.S. Airlines' Onboard Passenger Volumes

-20%

-40%

-60%

-80%

Source: Airlines for America

-100%

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

American Consequences

39

Made with FlippingBook Ebook Creator