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With Travel Demand Beginning To Soar, We Check In With Local Airports and Airlines

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Holiday travelers pass through Los Angeles international Airport on Thanksgiving eve as the COVID-19 spike worsens and stay-at-home restrictions are increased on November 25, 2020 in West Hollywood, California. Starting today, travelers arriving to Los Angeles by airplane or train are required to sign a form acknowledging California's recommendation of a 14-day self-quarantine. Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti has warned that the virus is "threatening to spiral out of control" in the region, and that at the current rate of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, there will not be enough hospital beds by Christmastime. Despite pleas from health officials to not gather with people outside of ones household, more than 2 million Americans are projected to fly for Thanksgiving.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Holiday travelers pass through Los Angeles international Airport on Thanksgiving eve as the COVID-19 spike worsens and stay-at-home restrictions are increased on November 25, 2020 in West Hollywood, California.

As the country opens up and more people get vaccinated, many people await for the last pillar of normalcy to fully return: travel and leisure. According to reporting from Axios, bookings for last month were up 11% from April 2019.

As the country opens up and more people get vaccinated, many people await for the last pillar of normalcy to fully return: travel and leisure. According to reporting from Axios, bookings for last month were up 11% from April 2019. 

But as the travel sector returns, it faces the same worker shortages that many other industries currently bear. Last year, the country's travel sector lost $1.1 trillion, with jobs in the sector dropping by 5.6 million. While the industry is slowly recouping its losses, 17% of those jobs have yet to be filled according to data from the U.S. Travel Association. 

Today on AirTalk, we check in with local Southern California airports and an international airlines to see how they fared during the pandemic and what they foresee in the future of the travel industry.

Guests:

Frank Miller, executive director of the Hollywood Burbank Airport

Atif Elkadi, deputy chief executive officer for Ontario International Airport; he tweets

Becca Doten, deputy executive director for public and government affairs for Los Angeles World Airports; she tweets

John Jackson, Korean Air’s vice president of marketing for the Americas

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