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Delta Air Lines Announces Discounted Award Deals From Key Hubs

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Delta Air Lines announced it would offer historically low award deals from its Seattle hub and unmatched deals from its hubs in Boston and New York to popular warm-weather destinations.

The newly discounted award deals start at 5,000 miles (plus taxes and fees) roundtrip from Seattle and 9,000 miles (plus taxes and fees) roundtrip from Boston and New York.

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Travelers in Seattle can choose to visit top destinations such as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Palm Springs, Phoenix, San Diego, Tucson and more. As for Boston and New York, passengers can fly to several destinations in Florida, including Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, and West Palm Beach.

“With temperatures starting to drop around the country, now is the time to think about where you want to warm up this winter,” Delta Vice President Paul Baldoni said in a statement. “We’re kick-starting your planning with some of our lowest fares of the year and more flights to destinations with plenty of sun.”

Delta continues to invest in Boston, New York, and Seattle, as they are three of the airline’s fastest-growing hubs.

In Seattle, Delta has added nearly 100 new departures and more than doubled the number of peak-day seats offered since 2014. The carrier has also added service from Boston, including seasonal flights to Aruba, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas.

As for the airline’s New York operations, Delta operates over 140 flights per week to 14 Caribbean destinations from its JFK hub, including a new daily trip to Bogota, Colombia, and an additional daily flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico, beginning December 21.

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IATA: Damage to Air Travel Will Extend Into 2023

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Any comeback by the beleaguered airline industry will extend into 2023, according to new data released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airlines’ main trade group.

Long-haul travel will continue to lag behind and passenger fears about flying in general will contribute to the delay, Lonely Planet reported.

IATA estimates that passenger traffic won’t rebound to pre-crisis levels until at least 2023. It expects that global passenger demand in 2021 will be 24 percent below 2019 levels and 32 percent lower than the forecast the association made in October 2019.

The new data is based on a slower opening of economies and relaxation of travel restrictions. Lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders could return if the virus comes back strong in the fall and winter with a second wave, as some health officials have predicted.

In addition, another contributing factor is quarantine measures that have been instituted by various countries as well as individual states in the U.S. According to IATA, 69 percent of recent travelers that it surveyed said they would not consider traveling if it involved a 14-day quarantine period once they arrive at their destination. IATA is asking governments to find alternatives to the quarantine measures.

Of course, all of this is contingent upon the public’s willingness to fly—and instilling confidence in that will take time, said IATA’s director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac.

“To protect aviation’s ability to be a catalyst for the economic recovery, we must not make that prognosis worse by making travel impracticable with quarantine measures,” he said. “We need a solution for safe travel that addresses two challenges. It must give passengers the confidence to travel safely and without undue hassle, and it must give governments confidence that they are protected from importing the virus.”

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