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US travel now boarding, but Asia destinations delayed: Delta CEO

COVID-19 vaccination rollouts give hope for new normal by summer, Bastian says

Delta planes are parked at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in the U.S. state of Alabama in March 2020.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- With more people receiving vaccines for the coronavirus every day in developed countries, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian is hopeful the aviation industry has finally cleared the heaviest turbulence caused by the more-than-yearlong pandemic that has closed borders and grounded flights.

In a recent interview with Nikkei at Delta's headquarters in Atlanta, Bastian said travel demand was recovering quickly at least at home, and that the U.S. travel industry could rebound by summer.

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