U.S. Airlines are expecting a very busy summer, as statistics show that a record number of Americans are going to fly in the busiest months of the hot season. The reason might be the stronger economy that has boosted Americans’ financial resources and enabled them to book more vacations.
A forecast issued by Airlines of America shows that 223 million people will take to the skies with U.S. Airlines from the 1st of June to the 31st of August. This exceeds the previous record, that was reported before the economic crisis, in 2007, with 217 million passengers on American carriers. Also, this summer’s number exceeds the one recorded last year by 4.5 percent. It is also higher by 7 percent in international travel and 4 percent in domestic travel.
Europe seems to be among Americans’ favorite destinations this year, probably due to the strength of the USD on the financial market, compared to the euro, which has begun to weaken. The most popular destinations are London, Mexico’s Cancun, Paris and Toronto.
This is good news for most airlines and airports, but it also comes with the need to make some adjustments. More seats will need to be added in carriers that had reduced their capacity after various airlines mergers. Thus, a total of 126,000 more seats are expected to be provided. This could also lead to discounts offered by companies attempting to fill those seats, although this is yet uncertain.
A study carried out by the Airline Reporting Corporation reveals that prices for plane tickets haven’t changed much since last year. A flight from the U.S.A. to Europe costs around $ 1,618, which is slightly cheaper (by 3 percent) than last year, while prices for domestic flights have remained the same – that is, around $454. The report was released on Monday, the 18th of May 2015.
Moreover, according to a recent survey, people are overall more satisfied with the services provided by the American Airlines, in spite of the fact that they still complain of the steep prices or of having to deal with overwhelming crowds at the airports.
It still remains to be seen how airlines will deal with such a huge number of people boarding on their planes. There are certain things that can disrupt their operations, such as bad weather, which can cause delays and various other problems.
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