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Delta CEO Sees U.S. Business Travel Recovery by Summer 2022

  • ‘I think there’s going to be a renaissance,’ Ed Bastian says
  • United CEO Kirby predicts full recovery from pandemic in 2023
Ed Bastian
Ed BastianPhotographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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Delta Air Lines Inc. expects U.S. corporations to reopen for business no later than Labor Day and resume domestic travel at levels from before the pandemic by July of next year.

Domestic travel is at about 30% of 2019 levels but will quickly rebound once workers return to offices, Chief Executive Officer Ed Bastian said Thursday. Trans-Atlantic travel will begin to return in the second half, and other long-distance trips next year, he said.