JetBlue has yet to see a drop in flight demand over the upcoming vacation despite rising coronavirus cases in the US, managing director Robin Hayes told CNBC on Tuesday.
"We continue to see good interest in Thanksgiving and holiday season travel," Hayes told Closing Bell. "They have a lot of kids coming back from college. A lot of people see friends and family they haven't seen in a long time. … We have had an increasing number of cases here for a few weeks and so far we have had no impact seen on bookings. "
Hayes' comments came Tuesday after the airline reported its third quarter results before the bell. The loss per share of $ 1.75 excluding items was better than analysts' forecast $ 1.96. Revenue of $ 492 million exceeded estimates of $ 466 million. New York City-based JetBlue shares closed more than 5%.
Earlier Tuesday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio urged city residents not to travel outside of the state over the upcoming vacation. "Realize that you could put yourself and your family in danger and also the risk of bringing the disease back here," he said earlier Tuesday during a press conference.
De Blasio urged those traveling to get tested for the coronavirus and to adhere to New York State guidelines that require people to be quarantined for 14 days when traveling from states with certain infection rates. As of Tuesday, more than 40 states were on the quarantine list.
Physical testing sites will be operational at LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport during the vacation. "We want to make it clear that anyone who gets off an airplane should be tested immediately," added de Blasio.
The mayor's concern about vacation travel reflects that of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's leading infectious disease expert. Fauci has said that his children, who live in three different states, have chosen not to travel for Thanksgiving.
"I would love to have it with my kids, but my kids are in three different states across the country and to get here they'd all have to go to an airport, get on a plane, and use public transport," Fauci said earlier this year Month opposite CBS News.
Also on Tuesday, the State University of New York's system announced that all students using facilities on campus must take a negative test within 10 days of leaving for Thanksgiving break.
Most schools in the SUNY 64-facility system, as well as many others in the United States, are switching to completely secluded classes to finish school after Thanksgiving, citing the potential of back-and-forth travel to ease the spread of the coronavirus.
"By requiring all students to test negative before they leave, we are implementing a smart, sensible policy that protects students' families and hometown communities, and dramatically reduces the likelihood of the COVID-19 community spreading." said SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras in a press release.
Currently, 36 states are seeing spikes in hospital admissions for Covid-19, and the average number of new infections hit another record high on Monday.
– CNBC's Noah Higgins-Dunn contributed to this report.