Airlines Say More Travelers Opting Not to Fly, Canceling Trips as Coronavirus Plague Cases Increases

Reuters

United Airlines warned Thursday that bookings have slowed and cancellations have increased as the number of coronavirus infections spikes across the country.

Southwest Airlines has also seen more cancellations, and the carrier’s CEO said that travel demand will remain weak in the first quarter.

The number of people flying in the United States is down about 65% from a year ago, and airlines were hoping that the upcoming holidays would mean an increase in leisure travel.

United said however that it continues to see the coronavirus pandemic hurting travel.

In the past week, “there has been a deceleration in system bookings and an uptick in cancellations as a result of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases,” United said in a regulatory filing.

SOURCE: Associated Press, David Koenig