Data: CivicScience; Chart: Axios Visuals
Americans are slowly getting ready to fly again, with 44% of U.S. adults now saying they plan to fly in the next six months, data from CivicScience show.
By the numbers: That’s a 1 percentage-point bump from March and an 8 percentage-point increase from September. However, it's still well below pre-pandemic levels.
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The intrigue: Despite the overall increase in intent to fly, 3 of the 4 major U.S. airlines saw a decline in the number of respondents who said they expected to fly with that airline.
This could signal increased interest in using smaller carriers like Southwest, CivicScience notes.
It also suggests that customers remain more comfortable with airlines that left middle seats open during the pandemic.
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