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Home Health & Fitness Most Americans who are traveling for the holidays haven’t been out of...

Most Americans who are traveling for the holidays haven’t been out of town since pandemic hit, survey suggests

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There’s no place like house for the holidays — particularly if you may get there through your most well-liked means of journey.

A brand new research suggests {that a} many Americans will quickly be traveling out of town for the first time months and apparently will choose to fly as an alternative of drive. 

Greater than 55% of Americans surveyed in a brand new report from travel-booking app Hopper stated they’d be traveling throughout the November and December vacation months for the first time since the coronavirus grew to become widespread in the U.S. this 12 months. 

Hopper surveyed 892 folks in September and located that 52% of Americans additionally stated they deliberate to fly as an alternative of drive for Thanksgiving, with 74% saying they deliberate to fly throughout the December holidays. 

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If correct, the survey is excellent news for the struggling airline trade, which was hit with a turbulent 2020 as nationwide shutdowns affected each worldwide and home journey, and fewer prospects have been prepared to take flight throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. And the flight forecast continues to be weary — home air journey was nonetheless down 62% and worldwide air journey was down 79% in comparison with the identical time a 12 months in the past, in keeping with trade group Airways for America. 

Nonetheless, Americans look like fascinated about venturing far out of town for the winter. The Hopper survey discovered that 32% of folks stated they’d be prepared to hop on a one- to four-hour flight, whereas 25% stated they’d take an extended cross nation flight between 4 to eight hours. What’s extra, 21% stated they’d additionally take an eight-hour flight or longer. 

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Whereas highway journeys have been on the rise throughout the summer season, fewer of the survey respondents have been wanting to drive lengthy distances throughout the holidays, with simply 14% saying they’d be prepared to drive greater than 4 hours away this vacation season. 

Fifty-two percent of Americans said they planned to fly instead of drive during the holidays. (iStock). 

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To advertise well being and security, extra airways have been providing pre-flight COVID-19 checks. American Airways, United Airways and JetBlue introduced they’d launch preflight coronavirus testing in journey hubs like the Caribbean, Costa Rica and Hawaii. 

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Information of Hopper’s survey comes on the heels of a separate research, out earlier this week by the Division of Protection, that prompt a travler’s danger of contracting COVID-19 was “virtually nonexistent” if everybody wears masks throughout the flight.

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