Airlines Predict Record Summer Travel Season for 2017

By Paul Riegler on 18 May 2017
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New automated screening lanes at JFK's T4

New automated screening lanes at JFK’s T4

Planning a trip this summer? The skies will be more crowded than ever.

The airline industry predicts that a record 234.1 million passengers will take to the skies on U.S. airlines during the 2017 summer travel season, 9.3 million more than last year and approximately 2.54 million per day.

Last year’s summer travel season – replete with hour-long lines at security checkpoints and airline IT woes – was the stuff that headlines are made of and the industry as well as government agencies such as the Transportation Security Administration are taking steps to be ready this year.

Airlines for America, the trade association representing most U.S. airlines, said Thursday that there will be a 4% increase in the number of U.S. airline passengers traveling worldwide between June 1 and August 31.

The group said that improvements in the economy, “historically” low airfares, and a rising U.S. gross domestic product are all factors that contribute to this year’s projected increase.

“We continue to see consumers today shift their spending towards experiences and travel, and airlines are making sure to meet this growing demand,” said the group’s chief economist John Heimlich.

To speed travelers through airport security, airlines are investing heavily in new security lane technology including so-called automated smart lanes and the TSA has added 2,000 additional screeners and 50 additional canine teams.

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