Usage: 20 million in Thanksgiving flights and pre-pandemic levels – last hour

(ANSA) — NEW YORK, Nov. 23 — Air travel in the United States is returning to pre-pandemic levels. Even in normal times, the holidays around Thanksgiving, which falls on the last Thursday in November, are a sensitive time for airlines. But this week is the biggest test in the sector since the start of the Covid emergency, because the Transportation Security Administration – the government’s aviation safety agency – expects about 20 million passengers to pass through security checks at airports. within 10 days. The period that started last Friday.

Last Saturday alone, two million people passed through US airports, twice as many as last year. While Delta and United Airlines said they expect to reduce passenger numbers by only 12% from 2019. Check-in times have exceeded two hours at major airports such as New York JFK. And the demand increased the cost of tickets, too: Hopper, an app that predicts flight prices, reported that the average domestic ticket during Thanksgiving week (if purchased in advance) was $293 per round trip, $48 more than in 2020. ( Ansa).

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