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United says Covid-19 spike is hitting air travel -- again

November 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

IN FLIGHT - OCTOBER 27: A masked passenger is seen seated on a flight from San Francisco, California to Newark, New Jersey on October 27, 2020. Although virus dissemination on flights is low when people are able to be socially distant, the extremely hard hit airline industry is having to consolidate flights, furthering complicating the dilemma. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

The spike in Covid-19 cases is starting to hit air travel once again, according to United Airlines.

New York (CNN Business)The spike in Covid-19 cases is starting to hit air travel once again, according to United Airlines.

The airline also may have to trim its schedule even more deeply in the fourth quarter, beyond the planned cut of 55% compared to a year ago.

And although US airlines are expecting their busiest week since March ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, many public health authorities are urging people to limit their travel and exposure to older relatives.

United was the first US airline to cut back its domestic schedule in March when the initial US outbreak first started affecting air travel.

Soon, all airlines followed suit with deep cuts to schedules as the amount of air travel plunged.

Other major US airlines did not have an immediate comment on United's filing.

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