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A4A Projects 16.5 Million Passengers Will Fly Labor Day Week on US carriers

Airlines for America Projects 16.5 million passengers will be in the air over Labor Day week that is projected from August 29 – Tuesday, September 4.

The 3.5 percent increase from last year will make airports and the surrounding services packed.

“This Labor Day, U.S. airlines are enabling more passengers than ever before to take to the skies to see loved ones or visit exciting destinations because of improved accessibility for all,” said A4A Vice President and Chief Economist John Heimlich.

The busiest travel day is expected to be Friday, August 31 with an estimated 2.76 passengers flying.  

“2018 has been an exceptionally busy year for air travel, with 20 out of the 25 busiest days ever recorded by the Transportation Security Administration occurring so far this year,” continued Heimlich. “Record numbers of travelers are taking to the skies in large part due to widespread affordability, with inflation-adjusted fares in the first quarter of 2018 averaging 8 percent, or $30, below Q1 2010.”

The slowest travel days are Sunday and Monday, September 3rdand 4th. If you’re heading out to the airports this weekend, arrive early and pack your patience.  

by Elizabeth Atkinson