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The travel fever that has been raging since the pandemic ended does not appear to be cooling off this summer. If you’re planning on traveling overseas, you might not want to wait to book that flight.
During a call with analysts today, Delta president, Glen Hauenstein, noted that even with the 20% increase to capacity this summer that the airline has about 75% of seats already booked. This will be the largest international summer schedule in Delta’s history. While overall capacity (including domestic flights) is still a bit behind 2019 levels, it’s expected to grow by 17% in Q2 compared to 2022.
Most of the bookings come from travelers who booked early in an attempt to lock in the flights before prices got any higher and they sold out. Pandemic restrictions are a thing of the past and travelers are ready to go overseas in droves again.
As flights continue to fill, it’s best to make your plans and get those reservations in place. Other carriers are undoubtedly seeing similar trends and the same applies for hotels. I recently booked a flight to Sicily for multiples of what I’ve paid in the past, but the timing worked and I was watching seats fill.
Anthony’s Take: It’s going to be a busy travel summer. If you’re looking to head to Europe, book now as you might find flights unavailable on your desired dates or a lot more expensive than your travel budget can bear.
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