Summer Air Travel Expected to Break Records

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Just when you thought Memorial Day Weekend automobile traffic was bad enough, new reports indicate this summer’s air travel will also be crowded.

Air trade group Airlines for America released a report this week that predicts 222 million people will fly between June 1 and August 31, including a record-breaking 31 million international fliers. This will be the largest influx of airline travel since 2007’s record 217.6 million, and an increase of 4.5 percent over 2014’s summer travel. The majority of travel will take place on Thursdays and Fridays.

To accommodate the growth, airlines are expected to add 4.6 percent more seats, but travelers should expect increased lines at airports and limited carry-on baggage space.

–Lissa Poirot

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