US Air Travel On The Rebound
United States air travel took a significant hit during the Great Recession in 2008, but recent data indicates that the dampened air economy is making a big comeback. According to federal statistics released Thursday, the rebound is largely due to record-high international travel and seat-fill percentage for 2014.
Domestically, 662 million travelers made for the most ticket sales since 2007. In terms of international ticket sales, an overall record was broken, at 98 million international travelers in 2014. A record for overall seat-filling was also made, at 83.4% of all seats filled on flights. While these numbers are positive across the board, airlines are concerned that a proposed air fare facility charge increase may dampen the otherwise strong air comeback.
The current presidential administration has proposed a $3.50 increase to the existing $4.50 surcharge, citing a need to modernize outdated airports across the country. However, it is unlikely that such an insignificant fee increase will have an impact on overall ticket sales.