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Airlines for America Projects Record-Setting Number of Passengers for Summer 2019

257.4 million summer travelers expected to fly, an all-time high

Airlines for America

Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, announced today that it expects a record 257.4 million passengers — an average of 2.8 million per day — to travel on U.S. airlines between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2019. That number is up 3.4 percent from last summer's record 248.8 million passengers. Airlines are adding 111,000 seats per day to accommodate the additional 93,000 daily passengers expected during the summer travel period. This will be the 10th consecutive summer to see an increase in the number of U.S. airline passengers.

"With airlines offering low fares and reinvesting billions of dollars in their product, there's never been a better time to fly. This summer, U.S. airlines expect travelers to take to the skies in record numbers," said A4A Vice President and Chief Economist John Heimlich. "Air travel is the nation's safest form of transportation, and it is now more affordable than ever before. U.S. carriers are making airline flights more and more accessible, so it's no surprise that more and more Americans are flying."

Inflation-adjusted air fares declined for a fourth consecutive year in 2018, with the average domestic fare dropping to $350, including government-imposed fees and taxes. That ticket price is down 15.9% from 2014 and, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, it is the lowest average inflation-adjusted fare since the agency began collecting such records in 1995. 

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