Memorial Day air travel tops 2019 levels

U.S. holiday air passenger travel topped 2019 pre-COVID levels over the Memorial Day weekend

May 31, 2023

The start of the peak travel season is crucial for airlines as they test travelers’ appetite to continue paying for vacations and other trips, while higher interest rates and lofty food and housing costs weigh on household budgets.

Key takeaways

  • The TSA said nearly 9.8 million passengers were screened or passed though security checks over the four-day weekend, about 300,000 more than over the same holiday period in 2019;
  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), airlines and flight tracking websites reported smooth travel over the Memorial Day period and significant improvements over 2022 performance;
  • The FAA said just 0.6% of holiday travel period flights through Monday were canceled versus 2.3% in 2022 and 1.4% in 2019.

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