AP/Elaine Thompson

Airlines Expect Rise In Passengers This Spring

Monday, March 20, 2017


DAVID KOENIG, AP Airlines Writer

DALLAS (AP) — Coming off another highly profitable year in 2016, U.S. airlines expect traffic this spring to increase 4 percent over last year, and they are adding seats to handle the crush.

The trade group Airlines for America forecast Monday that a record 145 million U.S. passengers will fly between March 1 and April 30.

The group's chief economist says traffic will rise because airfares have been falling while economic indicators such as household wealth and job creation are rising.

 

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