U.S. airlines face lack of corporate demand in September

  • Bank of America notes domestic leisure bookings continue for airlines continue to improve with a 52.3% drop Y/Y last week vs. -55.0% for the prior week.
  • The level of bookings is almost back to the level of late June before COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations began to reaccelerate in the U.S. "However, we are only a few weeks away from moving out of the peak leisure travel season and into the more business heavy fall, and domestic corporate bookings have shown no improvement since mid-June (still down -88%)," warns the firm.
  • BofA says with corporate demand virtually non-existent and no clear signs of an inflection, there is risk to domestic volumes as the calendar turns to September.
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