Only two American carriers, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, leave southern Africa. Both said they do not yet have plans to adjust their schedules in response to the administration’s ban, which takes effect Monday and does not apply to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. Delta operates three weekly flights between Atlanta and Johannesburg. United operates five flights a week between Newark and Johannesburg, and did not change plans to restart flights between Newark and Cape Town on Wednesday. None of the countries that announced the new travel restrictions are a major source of business for US carriers.
No major US airline has announced substantial procedural changes due to the variant. And all passengers flying to the United States must provide proof of a negative coronavirus test, with non-citizens also required to be fully vaccinated.
In the United States, air travel has almost recovered, although many companies are still reluctant to send employees on business trips. The number of people screened at airport security checkpoints over the past week fell only 10% from the same week in 2019, according to the Transportation Security Administration. And the industry has successfully weathered the rush of travelers, avoiding the disruption that has lasted for days at some airlines in recent months.