WASHINGTON DC: While the U.S. government has not decided whether to allow foreign tourists to enter the United States this summer, U.S. airlines and regulatory agencies are prepared to deal with domestic air travel.
The news of these projections caused shares of American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines to rise sharply this week after airline executives said leisure travel was on the rise.
“We’ve been very, very happy with the pace of demand recovery,” Delta President Glen Hauenstein said at an industry conference. “Reservations have been better than expected.”
In addition, the Transportation Security Administration expects to hire 1,000 officers before July 4, a maximum period of travel to the United States, which will reach 4,000 officers hired from January 1.
“We have already seen a sharp increase in the nation’s airports and will continue to experience steady increases throughout the summer,” said Darby LaJoye, acting administrator of the TSA.
In another indication of continued recovery, the TSA on Sunday examined 1.86 million passengers, the highest daily total since March 2020.
Since then, United has announced it expects to reduce projected losses for the third quarter.
In addition, U.S. Chief Financial Officer Derek Kerr said he saw “encouraging signs” on business and international travel.
However, the United States continues to ban the entry of almost all non-Americans from most of Europe, South Africa, India, China, Iran, and Brazil.
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said at a news conference that the government “follows the facts, the data, the science when it comes to deciding when to resume business, travel international … This is something we are evaluating each and every day. “
Industry experts have said the Biden administration could allow tourists from the UK and Ireland to the US as soon as it starts in June.