A quilt from government travel restrictions doesn’t help revive the demand for air travel devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, a senior executive at Airbus said Thursday.
The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are now asking travelers arriving from a number of states, including Florida and Texas, who have announced an increasing number of Covid-19 cases, to be quarantined for 14 days. Some states have taken similar measures. Earlier this year for travelers coming from New York, as things are off the scale in the state.
“It’s useless. When there are state restrictions, this creates obstacles, ”said Airbus Americas CEO Jeff Knittel in an interview with CNBC Squawk Box. “The thing is, we can only control so much. Our task is to create the most safe environment for passengers when they are ready to fly … and give them the comfort they expect from us and will receive from us. ”
Knittel has recently praised airlines for raising funds, calling it a smart choice to strengthen its balance sheets at low interest rates to counter the impact of the pandemic on revenue. American, Delta and United are among the carriers that have recently sold debt or shares.
Airlines and aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus and rival Boeing are doing their best to keep passengers safe while flying during a pandemic, either by speeding up cleaning procedures or by explaining air circulation in the cabin.
Major US carriers now require passengers to wear face masks or other coatings on board to protect crews and customers from the Covid-19. There are no federal rules requiring a mask on board, and Knittel said that this is not necessary if there are consequences.
“If someone takes some action, for example, removes the mask, the cabin crew will turn to him, and I think that will be under control,” he said. “I am not a big believer in the fact that we need federal rules to implement the obvious.”
Delta CEO Ed Bastian said Thursday in a state note that passengers who do not comply will be banned.
“We take the requirement to wear a mask very seriously. Customers who choose not to comply with this or any other security requirement run the risk of losing their future flight privileges with Delta, he said. – So far, fortunately, there have been only a few cases. but we have already banned some passengers from traveling in the Delta in the future for refusing to wear masks on board. ”
An American said last week that he would ban passengers who refused to wear a mask until such coatings are no longer required on board.