In an interview on CNBC, the CEO of Southwest Airlines claimed that the company failed to fill 6% of seats available in April due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and predicts a lower than 10% increase in May if the situation continues. The US airline had been running a limited service on their short-haul domestic flights, planning to remain at limited capacity for the majority of May 2020.
The traffic levels are next to zero at this point. I think a lot of things are going to have to happen for the country come back to life, much less air travel, we and the federal government have a role to play in this. If people are going to travel again, they need to have something to be able to do when they get there. So DisneyWorld needs to open back up. Restaurants need to open back up, otherwise what's the point? Travelers also need to feel safe. We'll need to disinfect our airports and our grounded planes and our customers will need to know what we're doing and they'll need to feel comfortable with that.We'll need to work with the federal government in terms of screening customers to make sure, for example, that you don't have someone getting on the airplane that has a fever. I think that that's going to be very important
Kelly also claimed that all members of staff will be given PPE kits to use at all times when aboard the aircraft.
Delta CEO, Ed Bastian, recently claimed that the airline industry may need "up to 5 years" to recover financially from the COVID-19 pandemic