As the Re-Open Florida Task Force meets to plan how to open up the state’s businesses, flights across the country still remain drastically low.
The CEO of Southwest Airlines recently commented on just how low travel is in addition to how important he believes Disney might help to restore the nation’s travel patterns.
According to USA Today and Southwest CEO Gary Kelly, “The traffic levels are next to zero at this point,” with only 6% of the airlines’ seats booked. Kelly speculates that two of the main factors for travel to return are new airport safety measures and travel attractions reopening.
He stated, people “need to have something to be able to do when they get there. So Disney World needs to open back up. Restaurants need to open back up.”
Kelly noted that travel cancellations are “at unprecedented levels,” but the company is committed to altering their procedures to help passengers feel safe again and hopes to see flight numbers slowly increase. These measures could include limiting capacity, disinfecting, and working with the federal government to allow health screenings.
But, Kelly believes that the increase in demand will not come until larger attractions give passengers a reason to do so. We will keep you updated as we learn more!
What do you think needs to re-open for flights to increase again? Let us know in the comments!