Delta CEO Ed Bastian discusses testing, summer ‘surge’

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian says travel demand will be weak for the next couple months, but he’s holding onto hope for a summer “surge.” That’s based on more people getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and feeling it’s safe to travel. Bastian says testing international travelers, as the U.S. is now requiring, is a good thing, but he’s opposed to making a COVID-19 test a requirement for flying within the U.S. He says that will lead to an even steeper drop in travel, which is only back to about 40% of where it was before the pandemic. Bastian spoke recently to The Associated Press about these and other topics.