U.S. Airlines Expect Travel Spike this Labor Day

By Jesse Sokolow on 30 August 2017
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JFK Terminal 8 at night

JFK Terminal 8 at night

The number of passengers that will fly this year during the five-day Labor Day weekend holiday period is expected to increase slightly over last year’s figures.

Figures released by Airlines for America, an industry trade group, predict that 16.1 million passengers will travel on U.S. carriers between Wednesday, August 30, and Tuesday, September 5.

The figure is up 5%, or approximately 110,000 passengers per day, from 2016.

The organization said that Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport are expected to be the three busiest U.S. airports based on departing passenger figures.

Friday, September 1 is expected to be the busiest travel day, while Thursday, August 31 and Monday, September 4 will be the second and third busiest, respectively.

“While we expect a growth in passenger traffic over the Labor Day holiday, flyers can rest assured that U.S. airlines have appropriately increased the number of seats available for their late summer getaways,” said John Heimlich, vice president of Airlines for America.

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