Vermont near top of states with travel hit hardest by COVID-19 – Vermont Biz

How long will the trend continue?

A new analysis by Airlines for America (A4A) – the industry trade group representing major US carriers – shows which states are experiencing the greatest impact on air service and air-travel demand amid the COVID-19 health crisis. Vermont is in the top ten worst in number of canceled flights and reduction in passengers.

According A4A analysis of published schedules, New York has been the hardest hit state in the country, having experienced the largest decrease in scheduled departures from July 2019 to July 2020. New York experienced a 70% decline in scheduled passenger flights. New Jersey is the second-most impacted state, experiencing a 67% decline in scheduled passenger flights. Montana has been impacted the least, with 25% fewer flights offered in July 2020 compared to July 2019.

The national average is 50%. As part of the analysis, A4A also pointed out that the number of air travelers being screened by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has plummeted nationally. The 10 states and jurisdictions with the largest year-over-year declines in TSA checkpoint volume were: New York (-86%) Hawaii (-85%) Washington, D.C. (-83%) Vermont (-83%) Massachusetts (-82%)

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