This weekend marked the most air travel since the coronavirus pandemic caused the industry to bottom out this spring.
More than 400,000 people were screened by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on two days over the weekend – both Friday and Sunday, the agency said. It is the first time that has happened in nearly 11 weeks.
But those numbers are still significantly smaller than normal. The 441,000 travelers on Sunday was only 17% of the same Sunday in 2019, according to TSA figures.
American Airlines said this was its busiest weekend since early March, and Sunday was the busiest day since March.
More travelers means more people are on each flight. Airlines for the United States of America, which represents the major airlines, says the average domestic flight departs with 54 passengers onboard – up from fewer than 20 at the low point.