The U.S. Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) stated it screened 1.64 million passengers on Thursday at U.S. airports, the highest quantity since March 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic slashed journey demand.
The variety of U.S. air vacationers continues to be about 35% decrease than the identical date in 2019, down almost 1 million vacationers, TSA stated. U.S. airways have been including extra flights, anticipating rising summer season journey demand.
U.S. airline shares rose Friday on optimism about journey demand, with United Airways up 2.3%, American Airways (AAL.O) up 2% and Delta Air Traces (DAL.N) up 2.3%.
That is the second new publish March 2020 excessive set this week. TSA stated it had screened almost 1.63 million passengers on Sunday at U.S. airports. Thursday’s determine was up about 17,000 over Sunday.
By comparability, simply 190,000 individuals had been screened at U.S. airports on the identical day in Might 2020. U.S. airways have been including extra flights, anticipating rising summer season journey demand.
Final month, United Airways (UAL.O) stated it was including greater than 480 each day flights to its U.S. schedule in June to satisfy summer season journey demand that’s anticipated to rise as extra individuals obtain COVID-19 vaccines.
American Airways (AAL.O) stated in April it expects to fly greater than 90% of its home seat capability in contrast with summer season 2019 and 80% of its worldwide seat capability in contrast with 2019, and it’ll function greater than 150 new routes this summer season.
Airways are seeing an uptick in bookings as accelerated vaccination efforts encourage leisure journey with family and friends after months of pandemic-linked restrictions.