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The Pandemic is Over For Delta Air Flyers and a European Land War Isn’t Putting Them Off Either

The Pandemic is Over For Delta Air Flyers and a European Land War Isn’t Putting Them Off Either

Delta Air Lines recorded the single busiest day for new bookings in its history last week despite the lingering effects of the pandemic and the prospect of a major conflict across Europe, its chief executive Ed Bastion announced during a conference hosted in London by its joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic.

The pandemic is effectively over for Delta Air flyers who are unleashing a pent up demand for air travel. They have been helped by governments around the world rolling back pandemic-era travel restrictions like vaccination requirements, pre-departure tests and self-isolation rules.

“People have decided to start traveling again,” Bastion said on Tuesday. “And in the last three weeks the governments of the world have decided it’s time to go, that the Covid era is over.”

“We’re moving into a period where we’re managing this virus, rather than being managed by it.”

Despite Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, transatlantic bookings remain healthy after a slight dip just after President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops into Ukraine.

“We saw a momentary little blip for about a week when the war started, but demand is strong,” Bastion commented.

Even rising oil prices and the negative effect that will have on airfares don’t seem to be dampening the mood for travel. Premium leisure travel is performing well but even business travel is starting to bounce back in markets where restrictions are being lifted.

Bastion doesn’t think oil prices are a “point of nervousness” and believes demand is so strong that increased costs can be passed directly onto consumers.

Corporate bookings are up by around 60 per cent – led mostly by domestic business travel but businesses are taking a less risk-averse approach to international travel and allowing employees to once again travel overseas.

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  • The pandemic will never be over.
    There are scores of people who want to make the controls placed on other people permanent. If you want to travel somewhere, you will need permission and you will need to pay a fee to the same people who have appointed themselves as decider as to whether or not you can go.
    You will need an electronic tether and you will pay for it.
    You will need permission to spend above a certain amount and you will be banned from carrying more than that amount. Soon enough you will be banned from carrying any sort of untraceable store of value.
    The pandemic is a great opportunity for authoritarians and those too uneducated to recognize them – those who have been told that the other side are the criminals and that you must listen only to us…

    • Ask yourself without emotion and without parroting excuses: who have been the ones imposing the most restrictions everywhere? Which ‘side’ has been the one fighting restrictions?

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