Survey reveals American sentiment on summer travel

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US: The Manifest, a business news website, surveyed 850 Americans to determine how the coronavirus is affecting their willingness to travel.

The findings show that 50 per cent of Americans would be very uncomfortable travelling by plane throughout the summer, with at least 67 per cent stating they were somewhat uncomfortable getting on a plane.

In May, states in the northeast showed the greatest levels of discomfort with air travel compared to other US regions. By July, 51 per cent were very uncomfortable with air travel - a decrease of 16 per cent over the course of two months.

The south and west however both experienced increases in travel discomfort from May to July. In the south, the level of discomfort increased by 10 per cent, whilst in the west this increased by five per cent.

Many states in these regions haven’t flattened the curve and are seeing spikes in positive cases of the virus. 

Road travel is proving to be a popular vacation style for 2020 - over the 4 July holiday weekend, traffic exceeded pre-pandemic road travel by 12 per cent.

Currently, only 15 per cent of Americans are continuing to make travel plans for the rest of the year. Though business travel has fallen by about 80 per cent, leisure trips have picked back up and sit between 30-40 per cent of pre-pandemic travel numbers.

The full findings from The Manifest can be found here.

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