Americans' return to the skies could benefit smaller airlines
Americans are slowly getting ready to fly again, with 44% of U.S. adults now saying they plan to fly in the next six months, data from CivicScience show.
By the numbers: That’s a 1 percentage-point bump from March and an 8 percentage-point increase from September. However, it's still well below pre-pandemic levels.
The intrigue: Despite the overall increase in intent to fly, 3 of the 4 major U.S. airlines saw a decline in the number of respondents who said they expected to fly with that airline.
- This could signal increased interest in using smaller carriers like Southwest, CivicScience notes.
- It also suggests that customers remain more comfortable with airlines that left middle seats open during the pandemic.