Shutdown 2013: Delta CEO Says No Impact On Travel Demand
Women sit on a bench in New York's Times Square May 31, 2012. Brendan McDermid / Reuters
From an airline perspective, what Delta’s Richard Anderson says about travel demand not being impacted by the shutdown may be true in the short term. How long will it be before foreign tourists decide to forego visiting the U.S., which is already subject to impossibly long customs lines, because of the governmental impasse?
Excerpt from Dallas News
Delta Air Lines CEO Richard H. Anderson said that the government shutdown has had zero impact on travel so far.
“It’s a bit strange to walk around New York City and try to see the impact of the shutdown,” he said. “I think everyone who isn’t in government just walks around with their head down and expects Washington to solve the problem. We haven’t seen any changes in travel demand at all. Travel demand is strong all over the world at the moment.”