The United States has set another record for the number of air passengers since the start of the pandemic, although the number of passengers remains well below 2019 levels.
Nearly 1.67 million people were checked at U.S. airport checkpoints on Sunday, according to the Transportation Security Administration. This was the largest number shown since March 12 last year, when air travel began to decline sharply.
However, it was still 35% below the number of airport passengers reported on a comparable Sunday in 2019, according to TSA data.
Airlines began noticing an increase in bookings around mid-February, and the TSA has checked at least 1
Government restrictions also severely restrict international travel, another lucrative part of the airline.
Nearly 50 US and British tour groups have called on President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to lift travel restrictions between the two countries. The groups said in a letter Monday that it would be ideal for the two leaders to announce “the full opening of the US-UK air travel market to both US and UK citizens” ahead of the G7 summit in early June. .
Airline executives are cautiously optimistic about summer travel as more Americans get vaccinated against COVID-19. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say it is safe for vaccinated people to travel within the United States, although it continues to warn of travel to most foreign countries.
Last week, the TSA expanded its requirement for airline passengers to wear face masks. This rule was supposed to expire on May 11, but the TSA extended it until mid-September.
Passengers should expect planes to be fuller. Over the weekend, Delta Air Lines stopped blocking the middle seats. It was the last American airline to limit seats as a precaution.