U.S. airlines will carry a projected 16.1 million passengers
worldwide between Aug. 30 and Sept. 5, up 5 percent from the
15.4 million passengers carried in last year's holiday period,
according to Airlines for America (A4A).
"While we expect a growth in passenger traffic over the Labor
Day holiday (Sept. 4), flyers can rest assured that U.S.
airlines have appropriately increased the number of seats
available for their late summer getaways," A4A Vice President
John Heimlich said in a statement.
Domestic travel will drive most of the increase, Heimlich said,
as travelers vacation closer to home in the shorter Labor Day
An increase in average domestic capacity will also fuel higher
traffic numbers, as industry capacity is at its highest since
2007, Heimlich said.
In 2016, U.S. airlines carried a record-breaking 823 million
passengers, 719 million domestically, surpassing the previous
high reached in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of
Transportationís Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
(Reporting by Alana Wise; Editing by James Dalgleish)
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