Summer Travel Forecast Up By 6.3% In 2024: Check Out More Here

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Major American airlines have come together to predict record summer travel, with carriers projected to carry 271 million passengers, up 6.3% from the previous year.

According to a report released on Tuesday by Airlines for America, American Airlines intends to operate over 26,000 daily flights this summer, an increase of around 1,400 or 5.6% from 2023, when they carried 255 million passengers. The forecasted summer travel season is from June 1 to August 31.

According to a new tab that it opened, American Airlines (AAL.O) will increase flights by 10% this summer.

A record-breaking 3 million passengers are anticipated to fly during the May 23–28 Memorial Day travel period, according to United Airlines (UAL.O), opens new tab. This represents an increase of roughly 10%. In a new tab, Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) stated that it anticipates a 5% increase in business over Memorial Day weekend, reaching about 3 million passengers from May 23 to 27.

The prediction is made at a time when the Federal Aviation Administration is having difficulty resolving a chronic lack of air traffic controllers. To relieve traffic last summer, a few airlines voluntarily reduced their flights to New York.

In order to solve personnel issues and clogged traffic in the New York City area, the FAA announced in March that it would transfer authority of the Newark, New Jersey, airspace area to Philadelphia by June 30.

Last week, the FAA was persuaded to scrap plans to force 17 air traffic controllers to relocate from New York Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) to Philadelphia by Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, among other lawmakers.

Controllers are covering shortages at many facilities by working six-day work weeks and forced overtime. The FAA agency reported in the fall of last year that it had about 10,700 trained controllers, almost the same as a year earlier. However, the agency is about 3,000 controllers short of staffing requirements.

If an airline does not make adequate use of its takeoff and landing slots, it may lose them at crowded airports. Due to staffing shortages, the FAA extended these minimum flight requirements at airports in the New York City area through October. Last month, major airlines requested an extension of these restrictions through October 2025.

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