The coronavirus pandemic really impacted the way the airline industry functions such as blocking off middle seats. While Delta Airlines is the last of the remaining airlines the keep middle seats blocked, this will all end on May 1st. The company announced,
"As vaccinations become more widespread, consumer demand and behaviors show us that confidence in travel is on the rise and customers are ready to reclaim their lives."
Even though planes will be allowed be full booked come May, other safety measures will still be in place such as frequent exchange of fresh air in the cabin, enhanced cleaning measures and a requirement that passengers wear masks. Delta CEO Ed Bastian sent a memo to employees stating,
"Don't confuse these actions with a return to 'normal.' We're still operating in a pandemic, and many of the changes we've made over the past year, such as strengthening our cleanliness protocols and eliminating change fees, will be permanent. Importantly, masks remain critical to our ability to safely welcome more people onboard our planes, and we remain committed to enforcing these requirements."
Delta also announced that the credits customers received for canceling flights in 2020, have been extended through the end of 2022. This will also go for any tickets purchased in 2021 that were later canceled.
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