A significant uptick in the number of new COVID-19 infections across the United States is about to put the brakes on the airline industry’s recovery there. With the number of new COVID-19 infections in the US reaching six-month highs, at least one airline is warning it is impacting passenger demand and revenues.
Any downturn in demand across the United States put the airline CEOs in an awkward position. Most have recently started rehiring on the back of strong demand over the northern hemisphere summer season. American Airlines has recently upped the number of pilots it plans to rehire. Delta Air Lines is also hiring thousands of new employees. At Southwest, CEO Gary Kelly is moving to increase the minimum wage at the airline.