U.S. Airlines Expect Record Number of Passengers for Labor Day Weekend

By Jesse Sokolow on 29 August 2018
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IMG_9645The airline industry expects the number of passengers that will fly this year during the eight-day Labor Day weekend holiday period to increase slightly over last year’s figures.

Figures released by Airlines for America, an industry trade group, predict that 16.5 million passengers will travel on U.S. carriers between Wednesday, August 29, and Tuesday, September 4.

In 2017, approximately 16.1 million passengers took to the air, making this year’s estimate a 3.5% increase.

The nation’s airlines will make 2.76 million seats on average available each day to the 2.36 million passengers expected to take to the air.

“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,” said John Heimlich, chief economist of Airlines for America.

Friday, August 31 is expected to be the busiest travel day, while Thursday, August 30 and Monday, September 3 will be the second and third busiest, respectively.

In addition, 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.

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