US Airline Passenger Traffic Fell 62 Percent in October

US airlines carried 62 percent fewer passengers in October over the same month last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown restrictions imposed to contain its spread.

US airlines carried 62 percent fewer passengers in October over the same month last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown restrictions imposed to contain its spread.

According to a Tuesday report from the US Transportation Department, the 62 percent decline from October 2019 was the smallest year-to-year decrease since March when the virus crisis slashes US travel demand. 

The report also pointed out that the largest airlines carried 29.9 million passengers in October, down from 78.3 million in the same month last year. 

The US Transportation Department added that US domestic demand was down 60 percent and international demand was off 77 percent.

International travel demand has also been harmed by US travel restrictions that bar most non-US visitors who have recently been in the United Kingdom, the European Union, Brazil and China from visiting the United States.


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