Airlines are expecting the busiest summer in the history of U.S. air travel.

An estimated 222 million travelers are expected to fly from June 1 through Aug. 31, according to the industry group Airlines for America, which represents the largest U.S. carriers. The previous peak was 217 million travelers in 2007, before the economic downturn, according to the group.
The average number of 2.4 million travelers per day would include 332,000 on international flights, which the group said would also be a record.

“With 13 of the 15 busiest air travel days of the year falling in the summer months, U.S. airlines are well-prepared to accommodate the increased travel demand by adding flights and seats, and deploying new and larger aircraft, along with a boost in staffing to enhance the customer experience,” said John Heimlich, chief economist for Airlines for America.

The busiest day is the Sunday after Thanksgiving and the third busiest is the Friday before Memorial Day, Heimlich said. But otherwise, the most heavily traveled days fall on Thursdays and Fridays from mid-June to early August, he said. Read More…