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Virus Variant Batters Airline Bookings for Labor Day Weekend

  • Spending for holiday period drops 16% from 2019, Adobe says
  • Analyst projects August activity ‘significantly’ below July
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After a surge in bookings early this summer, U.S. airline passengers are planning fewer trips as the spread of the coronavirus delta variant continues to discourage travel.

Spending for the Labor Day holiday was down 16% from 2019 as of Aug. 21, while bookings were off 15%, according to the Adobe Digital Economy Index. The weekend typically marks the end of stepped-up summer travel for U.S. carriers and demand often rises as families seek to squeeze in a last trip before school resumes.