Strong Spring Travel Forecast

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An industry group advocating for airlines is forecasting an extremely strong spring travel season.

According to Airlines for America, between the period of March 1 and April 30, U.S. air carriers will see a 4.3% increase in travelers compared to the same time last year, as 158.2 million passengers are expected to fly. 

Leaders from the organization attribute the surge in part to a strong economy and competitive airfares.

 “We’re in a period of unprecedented access to air travel – flyers of all income levels have a wide array of products and providers to choose from when traveling from one city to another or one country to another,” said Airlines for America Vice President and Chief Economist John Heimlich in a press release.

Because of this record setting growth, domestic airlines are adding more than 125,000 seats during this new peak.

Yet there is still a focus on courting business travelers.   In recent days, United Airlines announced new amenity kits for passengers in its premium cabins.  Delta Airlines also unveiled a new business class as it refurbishes its Boeing 767-400 fleet.