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Summer Airfare Sales Are Here But Summer Travel Remains Unclear
“Whether you need to fly now or want to start planning for summer travel with fares from $11,” is the latest tweet from Frontier Airlines as the company starts advertising for low summer fares this summer between May 7 and June 25.
Allegiant Airlines is advertising flights this summer for as low as $24 one-way.
And in a recent from Southwest Airlines, the company announced one-fares during the summer season for as low as $49.
Book a getaway for future travel. Doesn’t that sound great right now?— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) May 5, 2020
So, does that mean vacation this summer is possible?
The short answer is yes.
“We know that people will have the need to travel in the near future and, as is our standard practice, we want to make it affordable and easy for them,” Sonya Padgett, a spokeswoman for Allegiant, told the Washington Post. “That’s why, like most airlines, we are offering deals on fares.”
But airfare experts warn that these sales are an attempt at getting a feel for customers’ interests amid the coronavirus health crisis.
“It’s about, essentially, trying to look like it’s business as usual, but mostly, it’s about probing and getting more information,” said Rick Seaney, CEO of travel data-science company 3Victors. “The more information they get, the better they’ll be prepared to deal with this.”
Air travel has come to a standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic. Air travel has dropped by nearly 90 percent compared to this time last year.
Airline carriers have introduced new measures to make travelers feel safer, such as requiring crew and passengers to wear masks, blocking off middle seats, and announcing how they are sanitizing the planes. But it’s unclear if these safety measures are enough as a recent study shows a majority of people are not ready to fly.
The latest figures show that travel appears to be on an upward trend following historic lows.
Data from the Transportation Security Administration revealed that more than 130,000 people went through airport checkpoints in early May. That’s down from 2.1 million a year earlier, but higher than the daily numbers for most of last month, as reported in the Washington Post.