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Labor day travel: 16.5 million people expected to fly on US airlines

One industry trade organization (who) predicts that more people travel by air over the Labor Day holiday this year.

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Industry trade organization Airlines for America (A4A), announced Wednesday that an estimated 16.5 million passengers expected to fly globally on u.s. airlines throughout the week-long Labor Day travel period.

The 2018 Labor Day travel period, which runs until September 4, will see a 3.5 percent increase from the 16 million passengers who flew during the same holiday period last year.

The report suggests August 31, will experience the most passenger traffic, with an estimated 2.76 million passengers to the skies on U.S. airlines.

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“This Labor Day, U.S. airlines are allowing more passengers than ever before to get to heaven to see loved ones or visit exciting destinations due to the accessibility for all,” A4A vice president John Heimlich said in a statement.

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From a daily perspective, A4A says that airlines have to prepare 2.36 million daily passengers, an increase of 79,000 people per day from 2017. To meet the demand, airlines offer 2.76 million seats per day on their networks, a daily increase of 92,000 seats.

“In 2018, is an exceptionally busy year for the aviation industry, with 20 of the 25 busiest days ever recorded by the Transportation Security Administration to occur so far this year,” Heimlich continued. “A Record number of travelers take to the skies in a large part by the widespread affordability, with the inflation-corrected prices in the first quarter of 2018, on average, 8 percent, or $30, under 1st quarter of 2010.”

“A Record number of travelers take to the skies in a large part by the widespread affordability.”

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As for the busiest day, suggests the report, August 31, will experience the most passenger traffic, with an estimated 2.76 million passengers to the skies on U.S. airlines. Other busy days include August 30 and September 3, with 2.6 and 2.58 million passengers that travel, respectively.

As the passengers to fly during Labor Day travel period, the least busy days are expected September 1 and 2, which are also historically the lightest day of the year.

This story was originally published by TravelPulse.

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