More Passengers Than Ever Will Fly U.S. Airlines This Summer

A record number of travelers are expected to take to the skies this summer thanks to a rebounding economy.
Airlines for America, the industry's trade and lobbying group, predicted Monday that U.S. airlines will carry 222 million passengers between June 1 and Aug. 31, topping the summer of 2007 when 217.6 million people flew. That figure includes 31 million travelers on international flights, also a record.
On average, there will be 2.4 million passengers a day, 4.5% more than last summer.
After several years of limiting their expansion, U.S. airlines are now quickly adding more seats, including 4.6% more this summer. Those added seats are mostly the result of airlines flying larger planes and packing in extra rows to existing jets.
For example, United Airlines added the equivalent of 14 new jets to its fleet simply by adding in more seats.