FOX Business’ Jeff Flock reports on how airlines are faring during the coronavirus outbreak and how the industry responded to Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci saying he wouldn’t fly or eat at restaurants right now.
Three major U.S. carriers are resuming some long-haul routes in August after a prolonged downturn in international travel because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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American Airlines is slated to resume some flights to South America, and United and Delta will bring back some global routes, according to The Points Guy, which compiled a list of international flight routes available for August.
However, flight schedules are still reduced compared to this time last year, and airlines are warning passengers that the routes are subject to change depending government mandates and restrictions.
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Even though there is a slight increase in international destinations, experts warned that global air travel is still projected to recover more slowly than expected and it will take until 2024 to return to pre-pandemic levels. The International Air Transport Association pushed back its prediction by one year because of the slow containment of the outbreak in the U.S. and in developing countries.
The industry is seeing a rebound from the depths of the shutdowns in April, but any increase “is barely visible,” the air transport association chief economist Brian Pearce said during an online briefing for journalists.
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For Delta passengers, the carrier plans to resume service to "notable international markets," including service to São Paulo, Dublin, Milan and Munich, the airline said on its website.