Vaccines, spring weather lift hopes for US travel comeback

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After a year of pandemic restrictions, Americans want to get back on the move — a dynamic apparent in Miami’s spring break revellers and Washington’s deluge of rental cars each weekend.

Travel volumes remain depressed, but off their lows. Since March 11, between 1 and 1.5 million people per day have traveled by air, according to Transportation Security Administration data.

That level, while less than half the volume in 2019, stands well above the worst of the pandemic. Many in the travel industry are optimistic about a lift from vaccines after a catastrophic 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

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