Due to the global recession and weak economy U.S. airlines predict a drop of 7% in domestic and 6% in International flights during the summer period from June to August. This does not, however, imply that flights would be any less crowded as a number of planes have been taken out of commission.
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2009 – The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today released its summer air travel forecast.
ATA forecasts that 7 percent fewer passengers (about 150,000 per day)* will travel June 1 through Aug. 31, 2009, compared to the same period in 2008. Approximately 195 million passengers are expected to fly this summer on U.S. airlines, down from 209 million during the summer months of 2008. ATA is projecting that 7 percent fewer passengers (171 million versus 183 million) will travel domestically, and 6 percent fewer passengers (24 million versus 26 million) will travel internationally.