Cheap airfares and a recovering economy means planes will be packed over the holiday travel season, according to an industry trade group.
On Thursday, Airlines for America said it expects about 42 million travelers will fly between December 17 and January 6 with planes at about 85 percent load factors during that period. On the busiest days, including Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, load factors could reach 90 percent, the trade group said.
"U.S. carriers are reporting strong bookings relative to capacity this winter holiday period," said A4A chief economist John Heimlich. "This is a great time to travel, as carriers are staffed to accommodate the influx of holiday travelers and airfares remain a bargain, having significantly trailed U.S. inflation."
Daily passenger volumes are predicted to range between 1.5 million and 2.3 million.