Traveling this summer? Well, you’re not gonna be alone. In fact, you’re gonna have to deal with a crap ton of people traveling with you if you’re flying. U.S. airlines expect this summer to be the busiest ever. I’m talking a whopping 222 million fellow travelers to fly the friendly skies from June 1 through August 31. That’s roughly 2.4 million people traveling through an airport every single day.
If you plan on traveling internationally, the busiest destinations look to be Canada, Mexico, England, Germany, and Japan, respectively. The top U.S. destinations will be New York, Los Angeles, and Denver (New York, and Los Angeles make sense. But why Denver, you ask? This should explain it). Airlines are responding to the increased demand by increasing the number of seats by 4.6%, or 126,000 per day.
“With 13 of the 15 busiest air travel days of the year falling in the summer months, U.S. airlines are well-prepared to accommodate the increased travel demand by adding flights and seats, and deploying new and larger aircraft, along with a boost in staffing to enhance the customer experience,” says Airlines for America chief economist John Heimlich.
Even with the increased demand, don’t expect ticket prices to go down. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, airlines are in the business of making money. And that’s just what they’re gonna do. “Healthy air-travel demand and lower, yet still volatile, fuel prices are helping U.S. airlines close the gap to average U.S. corporate profitability,” said Heimlich.
I’m going several places this summer, and flying at least once. These numbers really don’t surprise me. I’m actually glad more people are flying. To me, it means the economy is improving. Finally. Are you flying anywhere this summer?
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