Air Travel This Summer Expected to Reach All-Time High
Air travel this summer is expected to rise to its highest level ever, according to a new travel forecast from Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines.
A4A projects that approximately 222 million passengers (2.4 million per day) are expected to fly on U.S. airlines from June 1 to August 31, 2015, an increase of 4.5 percent (104,000 passengers per day) from 2014. This includes 31 million travelers (332,000 per day) on international flights – a record high.
To accommodate the expected growth in demand, A4A says that airlines are increasing the number of available seats by 4.6 percent, or 126,000 per day, during this period.
Published airline schedules show that Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan will be the top five most popular nonstop international destinations from the United States this summer.
Year over year, A4A says that airlines are adding the most seats to the marketplace for flights between the United States and Mexico, the United Kingdom and China.
"The continued rise in U.S. consumer sentiment and employment is leading to more people traveling more often, and air travel remains one of the best consumer bargains in America," said John Heimlich, A4A Vice President and Chief Economist. "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."
The busiest U.S. airports this summer will be New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport, along with Newark Liberty International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Denver International Airport, McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, and Orlando International Airport, according to the A4A forecast.