There have been just three days since March 16 that the number of U.S. airline passengers screened topped 1 million.
Amtrak Chief Executive Bill Flynn told reporters Monday that demand at the passenger railroad for the Thanksiving travel period has “softened just a little bit over the last several days” to 20% of last year’s demand, citing the CDC recommendation.
U.S. airlines say travel demand remains down 62% from a year ago, while international travel demand remains down more than 70%. Some officials think U.S. restrictions barring many non-U.S. citizens from arrival could be eliminated or reduced with new testing.
The CDC on Saturday said COVID-19 testing before and after international travel can reduce risk and “make travel safer by reducing spread on planes, in airports and at destinations.”
On Wednesday, the chief executives of the seven largest U.S. airlines made a fresh plea for more payroll relief in a letter to congressional leaders.
American Airlines and United Airlines last month furloughed 32,000 workers.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought travel to a near halt earlier in the year, forcing airlines to scale back operations and seek government bailouts. (Reporting by David Shepardson in Washington and Tracy Rucinski in Chicago Editing by Andrea Ricci, Matthew Lewis and Cynthia Osterman)
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