U.S. airlines served 66.4 million passengers in June, three times the June 2020 figures, but still 21% lower from pre-pandemic levels, according to a report by Reuters on Tuesday.

  • The largest 21 U.S. airlines that serve over 90% of all U.S. traffic carried 9.2 million additional passengers in June than the 57.2 million passengers transported in May.
  • Airlines for America, an industry trade group, U.S. airlines are operating 17% lower domestic flights over 2019 levels and 35% fewer international flights. The current average domestic load factors, 89%, are similar to pre-pandemic levels.
  • The US government has not lifted travel restrictions that limit much of the world from entering the United States, including most non-US citizens who have been in China, India, Iran, South Africa, Brazil, and the United Kingdom.

Southwest Airlines expressed concerns that the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 had affected bookings and increased cancellations, hurting its profitability for the current quarter.

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