IN BRIEF La­bor Day week­end may set an air travel record

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - BUSINESS -

Dur­ing the fi­nal hol­i­day week­end of the sum­mer, a record 16.5 mil­lion peo­ple are ex­pected to fly on U.S. air­lines, a 3.5 per­cent in­crease over the 2017 La­bor Day week­end, ac­cord­ing to Air­lines for Amer­ica, the trade group for the na­tion’s air car­ri­ers. The coun­try’s air­lines are ex­pected to fly 2.36 mil­lion pas­sen­gers a day over the four-day week­end, an in­crease of 79,000 trav­el­ers a day from the same week­end in 2017, ac­cord­ing to the trade group. The car­ri­ers are ex­pected to add 2.76 mil­lion ad­di­tional seats a day to meet the higher de­mand. Air­line in­dus­try ex­perts at­tribute the in­crease in air travel to af­ford­able air­line tick­ets but say the de­mand for travel has been in­creas­ing for sev­eral years along with the re­bound of the U.S. econ­omy and the strength­en­ing of con­sumer con­fi­dence. In the first three months of 2018, the av­er­age do­mes­tic air­line ticket sold for $360, a de­cline of 3.7 per­cent from the same period last year, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Bureau of Trans­porta­tion Sta­tis­tics.

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