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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Holiday getaway pushes US airport traffic toward pandemic

by Michael Lidtke | The Associated Press

BERKLEY – The Fourth of July holiday weekend is jamming US airports with their biggest crowds since the pandemic began in 2020.

Nearly 2.49 million passengers passed through security checkpoints at US airports on Friday, surpassing the previous pandemic-era record of 2.46 million last week, according to data released Saturday by the Transportation Security Administration.

The rising numbers suggest that leisure travelers are not being deterred from flying by concerns about rising fares, the ongoing spread of COVID-19 or frequent flight delays and cancellations.

Friday passenger volume increased 13% from July 1 last year, falling on the Thursday before the Fourth of July. The number of passengers leaving US airports this year also affected the 2.35 million people who showed up at security checkpoints on the Friday before the Fourth of July in 2019, but that was almost a week before Independence Day.

In a more clear sign of how close US air travel is returning to pre-pandemic status, an average of 2.33 million passengers have passed through security checkpoints at domestic airports during the seven days ended July 1. This was close to the average of seven days. According to the TSA, approximately 2.38 million passengers carried during the same period of 2019.

But airlines have struggled to meet rising demand amid staff shortages and an assortment of other issues, resulting in waves of flight delays and cancellations turning some holidays into nightmares.

Several airlines, including Delta, Southwest and JetBlue, have responded to the challenge by reducing their summer schedules in an effort to reduce the inconvenience – and backlash – of flight delays and cancellations as they average larger planes to carry more passengers. are using it. Scramble to hire and train more pilots.

The headaches continued on Friday, although they were not as bad as they had been in recent months. More than 6,800 flight delays and 587 other flight cancellations affected US airports on Friday, according to tracking site FlightAware. More than 2,200 delays and over 540 flight cancellations were recorded till late Saturday night.

In addition to flight delays and cancellations, passengers have to pay higher prices for tickets driven by rising fuel costs and other inflationary factors, as well as navigating around the health risks posed by continuing COVID-19 infections Does matter.

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