US Air Travel Rebounds to Highest Level Since Pandemic Began Written 26 May 2021


American Airlines aircraft at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. | Quintin Soloviev/Wikipedia; CC BY-SA 4.0

The Washington Post reports that US air travel “rebounded Sunday to the highest level of the pandemic era as the Transportation Security Administration continues to bolster staffing for the busy summer travel season set to kick off this weekend, federal aviation security officials said Tuesday.” The 1.8 million passengers screened by TSA on Sunday “amounted to 90 percent of travelers seen on the same day in 2019 and a sevenfold jump from the same day last year, said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas” during a news conference at Reagan National Airport. Travel industry leaders “said they are heartened by the return of leisure travel but worry about the anemic business and international travel markets.” Airlines for America CEO Nicholas Calio said, “We need to open up business travel, and we need to open up international markets. ... That’s where most of the revenue is, and that revenue subsidizes a great number of our domestic flights.”
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