Trade Group Sees Drop In Holiday Air TravelDecember 21, 2011
Trade Group Sees Drop In Holiday Air Travel
News from Consumer Affairs:
U.S. airports may be a little less crowded this holiday season but airplanes won’t be, according to Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, formerly known as the Air Transport Association.
The trade group estimates the holiday travel period will see fewer fliers than a year ago due to lingering economic concerns. Even so, flights are still expected to be full, as airlines have adjusted capacity in response to rising cost pressures.
In total, A4A expects about 43.3 million air travelers to fly on U.S. carriers’ domestic and international routes during a 21-day period – a one percent drop from the same period last year – or about 20,000 fewer travelers per day, on average.
Daily passenger volumes are expected to range from 1.6 million to 2.3 million during the holiday. The busiest days are expected to be between Dec. 21-23, Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 2 and 3, based on sample data from the 200…………… continues on Consumer Affairs
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