Post-COVID-19 Airline Industry: America’s Airlines Are Bouncing Back

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Airline bosses can sleep a little better at night as domestic travel begins to rebound strongly in the United States. As the demand for domestic flights in the airline industry becomes more evident, big carriers are beginning to see more bookings as the airline industry starts recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our aeronautics school in Florida is sharing updates on the post-COVID-19 airline industry recovery as airlines in the U.S. start bouncing back. 

U.S. Airline Industry Recovery Update Post COVID-19 Impact

Americans are continuously booking flights for post-COVID-19 vacations and the airline industry is eager and ready for a huge takeoff. Americans were having trouble confidently booking airline travel during the coronavirus pandemic as they did not want to risk getting or spreading COVID-19 or travel to locations that were under lockdown. Passengers became weary of getting on flights when they were unsure if their destination was under lockdown or quarantine. As more people regain the confidence to fly after COVID-19 lockdowns, we can expect to see a number of future flights being booked.

U.S. airline carriers are confident in the future of aviation as they widen booking windows. Passengers are no longer booking airline travel last-minute but rather beginning to plan their post-COVID vacations a little more in-depth. The airline industry recovery is an indication that some form of normality is returning. 

Where airlines were once in grave danger of shutting down, companies such as American Airlines have already paid off some of the loans offered by the government as part of the coronavirus aid package from the CARES Act, which is a great example of the airline industry bouncing back.

International Travel in the Airline Industry Post COVID-19

Domestic travel is the first step in the airline industry recovery. While nearly 31% of airport traffic is driven by international flights, people still lack the confidence to travel to other countries.1 Although international air travel is slowly making its way back on the radar, domestic flights are the key to sustaining airlines during COVID-19. 

While there is no way to control the coronavirus overseas, it is expected to continue being a slow process. The airline industry can expect to make more money on airline travel by the end of 2022.

Airline Industry Begins Recovering As More People Receive COVID-19 Vaccines

The threat of COVID-19 remains at the forefront of the issues in the airline industry, but the CDC has noted that over 95 million people in the United States have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccines. Roughly about 16% of the United States population has received both vaccines.2 

As vaccine rollouts continue across the country, the airline industry is expected to see more air travel, which is one of the reasons why the airline industry is confident that people will soon be back in the air. As the future of airlines in 2021 unfolds, Sheffield will continue to monitor the airline industry recovery. 

Sheffield School of Aeronautics 

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Additional Reading: 

COVID Test Requirements for Domestic and International Flights

2021 Mask Mandate: Biden Order Requiring Masks on Planes 

Airlines Packing Flights During the COVID-19 Pandemic 



  1. Yahoo Finance – There are signs that America’s airline industry is bouncing back
  2. Simple Flying – United States Airlines Making Good Progress In COVID Recovery
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