Let’s face it, Americans are getting antsy. We normally take at least one, if not two, vacations each summer, soaking up the rays on a beach or spending some time in the mountains. This year, most of us are burning our saved up days on “staycations.” While it might be cheaper, and definitely less hassle than traveling, it puts a heck of a dent in major industries like the airlines.
The largest 20 U.S. airlines suffered an 80% decline in traffic in June over the same month in 2019. The airlines only carried 16.3 million passengers in June of this year, which is an ugly number, but it’s at least twice as many passengers as they had in May, and up from the historic low of about 3 million passengers in April.
Still, the huge decline shows that we weren’t rushing back to the airports, and even if we did, the airlines had dramatically cut their schedules.
While June was more than a month ago, TSA figures show that we’re still operating at very low levels. The TSA reportedly screened just over 800,000 passengers last Sunday, which was the first time they reached that level since St. Patrick’s Day in March, but it’s still 70% lower than at the same time last year.
One day we’ll get back to normal, but not today.