If numbers bear out, it would be most passengers since the financial crisis
The spring travel season could see U.S. airlines post their highest passenger numbers in seven years, bolstered by rising employment and personal incomes, says industry group Airlines for America.
Some 134.8 million passengers — or about 2.2 million people per day — are projected to fly in March and April, according to a press release.
If accurate, that would mean the most airline travelers since numbers peaked in 2007 — right before the financial crisis.
The 2015 projections are a 2% boost from the 132.2 million people who flew on U.S. airlines during the same period last year.
John Heimlich, Airlines for America vice president and chief economist, said high consumer sentiment and “the continued affordability of air travel” may contribute to a busy travel season ahead.