Millions Expected to Take to the Roads and Sky for Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

Americans Are Ready to Travel, Says Airline Industry

By Kurt Stolz on 25 May 2022
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As many as 39 million people in the United States are expected to travel over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, although rising Covid cases and fuel prices will keep many closer to home.

The Automobile Association of America forecast that 39.2 million people will be on the move, traveling 50 miles (80 kilometers) or more during the holiday weekend, an 8.3% increase over 2021.

Memorial Day is a holiday that honors Americans who died while in military service, but it also serves as the unofficial start of summer.

Airline executives and trade groups predict a busy summer travel season that will follow the holiday.

“From coast-to-coast, the signs are clear – Americans are ready to book tickets, pack their bags and go and U.S. airlines stand ready to connect the world,” said Airlines for America, an industry trade group representing major U.S. carriers, in a statement.

The Memorial Day weekend – traditional signaling the start of summer and the summer travel season – comes after a lifting of the federal mask mandate, which, one would hope, would serve to relieve some tensions on board flights.

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