Summer holidays used to mean wine tasting in Tuscany, backpacking tours in Southeast Asia or trips to the Grand Canyon.
However, fears that airplanes could be a breeding ground for Covid 19 infections have devastated the air travel industry.
"It may take a few years for us to get back to our new normal of travel," said Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines.
Last Sunday, fewer than 640,000 passengers flew from U.S. airports, compared to more than 2.6 million travelers last year.
With passenger demand falling sharply, Delta, United and American parked hundreds of aircraft and recorded their first quarterly losses in more than five years.
American Airlines expects revenue in the second quarter of 2020 to decrease approximately 90% from the second quarter of 2019.
The U.S. aviation industry is in turmoil.
""This is the biggest crisis of all, even bigger than September 11th, when SARS and the Great Recession and all that. Every crisis changes the aviation industry, so it is reasonable to believe that the biggest crisis of all is some of the biggest changes by everyone, "said Seth Kaplan, aviation analyst and principal at Kaplan Research.
In order to lure panicked travelers back, US airlines have introduced new rules, thoroughly cleaned planes and waived some fees. Some airlines also limit the number of seats they sell.
However, analysts argue that despite all the changes, it is impossible to adhere to social distance rules for aircraft.
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