Airlines for America (A4A) announced today that it expects 16.5 million passengers to fly worldwide on U.S. carriers over the weeklong Labor Day travel period that extends today through Tuesday, Sept. 4.
This will constitute a 3.5 percent increase from the 16 million passengers estimated to have flown over the same holiday period last year.
“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.
“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.”