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U.S. air travel falls to 6-month low as Covid infections, travel restrictions hinder recovery

January 27, 2021


U.S. airport screenings fell to the lowest level in more than six months as Covid-19 infections climb and the Biden administration introduces new travel restrictions.

The Transportation Security Administration screened just 468,933 people at U.S. airports on Tuesday, down 71% from a year ago when more than 1.6 million people went through those checkpoints. It was the fewest number of screenings since July 4, the TSA said.

The CEOs of Delta Air Lines and United Airlines recently warned that the industry faces a difficult start to 2021. Executives expect it to take several more months before more Covid-19 inoculations fuel a significant rebound in travel demand. American Airlines and Southwest Airlines will report results and their 2021 outlooks on Thursday.

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