U.S. air journey reaches pandemic excessive as peak season kicks off

Travelers wait in line at a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at Orlando International Airport on the Friday before Memorial Day. As more people get the COVID-19 vaccine, the American Automobile Association (AAA) predicts that more than 37 million Americans will travel more than 80 miles this Memorial Day weekend, many for the first time since the pandemic began .

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The number of air travelers reached its highest level since Coronavirus pandemic began during Memorial Day weekend, the latest sign of recovery for the sector.

The Transportation Security Administration checked an average of 1.78 million people Friday through Monday, hitting a high of 1.96 million on Friday. Those volumes are more than six times higher than a year ago, but still 22% below Memorial Day weekend in 2019.

The rise in travelers is driving them Price for the vacation, including airfare, hotel prices, and rental car prices. Domestic leisure tariffs are nearby 2019 levelsAirlines have said.