Airline industry braces for record-high summer travel

The airline industry is bracing for a record-high number of travelers this summer.

About 234 million passengers, or approximately 2.5 million travelers per day, are expected to fly on U.S. airlines between June 1 and Aug. 31, according to Airlines for America (A4A).

That travel volume would be a 4 percent increase from the previous summer.

To compensate, airlines are offering 123,000 more seats per day than they did last year, as 100,000 more daily passengers are projected to fly on U.S. air carriers this summer.

The uptick is being driven by low fuel prices, decreasing airfares and an improving economy, said A4A, the trade group representing most of the nation"™s major airlines…

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