If you’re planning to take to the air for business travel or vacation travel this summer, the odds of you scoring an empty seat next to you will be pretty low. Airline industry organization Airlines for America is estimating that 222 million passengers will fly on U.S.-based airlines in June, July and August. That’s an increase of 4.6% from last year, which equates to over 100,000 passengers per day.
“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 Airlines for America Vice President and Chief Economist John Heimlich.
Regardless of the reason for the increase, the real question is whether or not the airlines will be able to keep up with increased demand. Heimlich is confident they will. “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,” he said.
Airlines for America published their statistics on summer air travel in a pretty cool infographic. You can check it out here.
How will an increase in flyers affect your travel plans this summer?