Airlines Anticipate Record Travel for Labor Day

U.S. airlines project to carry a record 16.1 million passengers around the world over the upcoming Labor Day holiday.

Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization representing the leading U.S. airlines, revealed the all-time high forecast Wednesday.

The massive figure signals a five percent increase from last year's end-of-summer travel period when 15.4 million passengers were estimated to have flown.

The seven-day Labor Day travel period kicks off Wednesday, August 30 and continues through Tuesday, September 5. In anticipation of the increased demand, U.S. airlines will add an additional 133,000 seats per day across their networks via larger planers or more flights, according to A4A.

Airlines Anticipate Record Travel for Labor Day © Flickr "While we expect a growth in passenger traffic over the Labor Day holiday, flyers can rest assured that U.S. airlines have appropriately increased the number of seats available for their late summer getaways," A4A Vice President and Chief Economist, John Heimlich, said in a statement.

Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport are expected to be the three busiest airports over the holiday, based on departing seats in scheduled service.

Friday, September 1 is projected to be the busiest day for air travel, followed by Thursday, August 31 and Monday, September 4.

The all-time high in Labor Day air travelers shouldn't come as a major surprise, considering the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is coming off of a record-breaking month of July, in which it screened more than 72.1 million passengers and crew.

Fortunately for travelers, the crowded skies come at a time when mishandled baggage and involuntarily bumping passengers are at record low rates.

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