Travelers Ebb But China, US Expand Flights: Airlines in Focus

Per a recent Airlines for America (A4A) study, the number of air travelers being screened by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) plummeted nationally. On average, there has been a 50% reduction in flight departures with states like New York, Hawaii, Washington DC, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Jersey reporting more than 80% decline in the TSA checkpoint volumes.

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The latest total traveler throughput as of Aug 17 was 773,319. Prior to the ongoing global health crisis, U.S. airlines were transporting a record 2.5 million passengers and 58,000 tons of cargo each day. As travel constraints and stay-at-home orders were implemented, demand for air travel dropped sharply. In short, the estimated COVID-19-triggered loss outbreak is at least more than $98 billion in the first half of 2020.

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Hyatt CEO Says China Offers Proof Hotels Don’t Need a Vaccine to Recover From Coronavirus

A coronavirus vaccine isn’t necessarily a must-have ingredient to revive the struggling hotel industry, according to Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian.

Hotel analysts and executives spent the last several months saying the industry would not recover from the coronavirus-induced cratering in travel demand until a vaccine or treatment was in widespread distribution. But China’s tough crackdown on movement and social interaction during the early months of the pandemic paid off. The country now leads the world in hotel performance, and Hyatt is even hosting group business events at its properties in Greater China.

“China serves as a great example that travel recovery is possible even without pharmaceutical treatments or a vaccine as long as proper, well-coordinated actions are taken to significantly reduce the spread of the virus,” Hoplamazian said Tuesday during an investor call.

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