Advertisement
Travel

Airlines expect record crowds to fly over Labor Day

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. DEC. 22, 2016. Jetliners line up to park at gates in Terminal 1 at LAX on Thurs
Jetliners line up to park at gates at Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Airlines expect record crowds over the weeklong Labor Day period.

The trade group Airlines for America forecast Tuesday that 17.5 million passengers will fly on U.S. carriers between Aug. 28 and Sept. 3. That’s 2.5 million passengers a day and a 4% increase over the same week last year.

The busiest day is expected on Friday, Aug. 30, when the group forecasts just under 3 million people will board a U.S. airline.

The airline group says carriers have added seats even though Southwest, American and United have canceled thousands of flights while their Boeing 737 Max planes remain grounded.

Advertisement

Transportation Department figures show that travel demand has been strong all year, with fares at or near record lows, after adjusting for inflation. The numbers don’t include extra fees.


Newsletter
Get our weekly Escapes newsletter
Advertisement