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International Travel Anticipates Returning to Pre-Pandemic Activity

November 17, 2021 • 8:35 am CST
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Texas-based American Airlines confirmed on November 8, 2021, it is welcoming back travelers from around the world with its robust international schedule of flights to and from the United States.

According to NBC News, American Airlines has seen a nearly 10% increase in its VeriFLY app usage for travel since the U.S. entry restrictions were minimalized, said spokeswoman Rachel Warner.

Various travel industry experts credited this rise to the new flood of international travelers.

To meet the expected consumer demand, American Airlines will have more than 150 international inbound flights arriving in the U.S., including nearly 20 transatlantic flights.

And, for customers seeking a warm winter getaway, Brazil tops the list.

American and its airline partners deliver more flights to Brazil than any alliance to meet the growing demand.

"This Thanksgiving, travel will look a lot different than last year," said Paula Twidale, SVP, AAA Travel, in a press statement.

"Now that the borders are open and new health and safety guidelines are in place, travel is once again high on the list for Americans who are ready to reunite with their loved ones for a holiday."

However, the TSA's latest security screening data indicates the travel recovery has yet to materialize in the U.S.

The November 2021 trends indicate a significant recovery from 2020 but remain about 20% below pre-COVID-19 pandemic volumes.

The U.S. CDC recently released its recommendations for holiday-related travel.

As of November 8th, all non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. immigrants must be 'fully vaccinated' against COVID-19 before traveling to the U.S. These travelers must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and a negative test no more than three days prior to the flight's departure.

According to CDC requirements, all air passengers two years of age or older traveling internationally, regardless of vaccination status, must provide a negative test to the airline before boarding the flight.

The CDC recommendations include Routine and Travel vaccines, depending on each trip's destination.

Learn more about what's happening in American by visiting news.aa.com.

Note: The term fully vaccinated is defined by each country and could include four COVID-19 vaccinations for specific travelers.

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