The Christmas Eve numbers do not represent the end of the peak holiday travel period, but the calm before the people leaving town for the Friday holiday start to return home. TSA figures show that 7,189,521 people were screened at TSA checkpoints last week.
On Christmas Eve, American air travel approached or exceeded one million for six consecutive days. On Wednesday, 1,191,123 travelers set a pandemic record. The number of people flying on Christmas Eve was one-third of the same day a year ago, when 2.5 million people flew.
The frustrating number of travelers forced American Airlines to fire tens of thousands of employees in the fall.But the executives from United (UAL)
with American Airlines (AAL)
A plan was announced on Tuesday to bring back thousands of workers on leave in response to Congress passing its latest Covid-1
9 relief bill.
The new law includes an extension to the airline industry’s salary support program, which sets aside $15 billion in assistance to bring back more than 32,000 United Airlines employees who took a vacation in September. The two companies stated that the additional funds were sufficient to pay for these workers until March 31.
Despite this, the Centers for Disease Control has recently increased its efforts to keep passengers home.
It said: “Travel can increase the chances of spreading and acquiring COVID-19.” “Delaying travel and staying at home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.”
Before Wednesday, the previous pandemic record was set on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
The increase in air travel has caused new health concerns. Experts worry that coronavirus infections will increase again, similar to the increase after Thanksgiving.
-Chauncey Alcorn of CNN Business contributed to this report