US Air Travel Beat 2019 Levels for Memorial Day Weekend

by Anthony Losanno
Family at Airport Security

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Summer travel is off with a bang. US air passenger travel topped 2019 pre-pandemic levels over the Memorial Day weekend according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).


The TSA recorded over 9.8 million passengers passing though security over the four-day, holiday weekend. This is an increase of over 300,000 for the same holiday weekend in 2019. Over 2.74 million passengers were screened on Friday alone, which is the highest single-day number since November 2019. Friday’s traffic broke the recent record that was set on Thursday. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also noted the country’s highest post-pandemic flight count with 54,684 commercial flights taking to the skies.

Thankfully, the weather largely held out and concerns around staffing were assuaged with a relatively calm travel weekend without significant delays or cancellations.

Anthony’s Take: I can report first hand that traveling on Thursday and yesterday felt like old times. Airports were packed, flights were full, and people were ready to explore the world. Let’s hope the rest of the summer goes as smoothly as this past weekend.

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