Memorial Day Weekend: Travelers Face Long Lines at US Airports
If you’re based in the US and heading out of town this upcoming Memorial Day holiday, you’re not alone. Data from Hopper shows that 17 million passengers are expected to transit through US airports in the next three days.
Leisure travel always picks up after school lets out in the US, but the first summer without any pandemic-related restrictions worldwide is shaping up to be exceptional, likely exceeding record levels set in 2019.
A confluence of post-pandemic forces means flying is likely to be crowded and expensive for at least the rest of this year. About 275 million people are expected to travel between May 25 and Sept. 4, according to TD Cowen. That’s 7.4% higher than in 2019 and 19% higher than last year.
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