On Sunday October 18 over 1,000,000 people passed through airport security checkpoints in the USA. This is the first time a million people have flown in one day since March 16. Now it’s down from 2.6 million on the same day last year. But up from the April lows of less than 100,000. These numbers weren’t seen since the 1960s or 9/11. Hotel occupancy is up too.. hotels are at about 50% occupancy where 67% is normal for this time of year.
United Airlines also noticed a decoupling of travel bookings from the course of the virus, offering that “back in june when we saw a spike in cases we saw a direct and negative impact” on July and August bookings. However “over the last 8 weeks or so” the airline has seen steady progress in domestic bookings growth even has headlines and cases have moved both in a positive and negative direction.
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