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United CEO Confident People Will Feel Safe to Travel Again by 2022

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United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 24 February 2021 01:59 PM

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby says he has “real confidence” that people will feel safe to travel again by 2022 when proper scientific research backs the notion that the COVID-19 vaccine keeps individuals immune from the novel coronavirus.

"You know, I have real confidence in the long term that by this time next year we'll be back towards a world where people feel safe traveling again. And while COVID may not be completely in the rearview mirror, that all the safety protocols that we have, mean people are back comfortable flying again," he said at an Axios virtual event Tuesday.

"And importantly, we need to reach a final scientific medical conclusion that once you've been vaccinated, it's safe for you to be out and behaving normally."

"As long as we're still wearing masks and socially distancing, the business is not going to come back," Kirby said, adding that he believes a "large pent-up demand for travel" will emerge once safety isn't a concern.

Airline passenger numbers dropped by 60% in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and seating capacity fell by around 50%, adding up to a financial loss of around $370 billion, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization.

U.S. airlines lost an estimated $35 billion in 2020, according to analyst estimates provided by FactSet per CNBC.

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United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby says he has "real confidence" that people will feel safe to travel again by 2022 when proper scientific research backs the notion that the COVID-19 vaccine keeps individuals immune from the novel coronavirus...
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