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By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. passenger air travel surpassed pre-pandemic 2019 levels on Memorial Day weekend, which typically marks the start of the busy U.S. summer air travel season. United States, data from the US Transportation Security Agency (TSA) showed on Tuesday.
TSA said nearly 9.8 million passengers were screened or passed security checks during the four-day weekend, about 300,000 more than during the same holiday period in 2019, the agency said Tuesday. .
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), airlines and flight tracking websites have reported smooth travel over the Memorial Day period and significant improvements over 2022 performance.
The FAA said just 0.6% of holiday flights through Monday were canceled, up from 2.3% in 2022 and 1.4% in 2019.
“Low levels of holiday weekend delays and cancellations are evidence that industry-wide collaboration to improve airline reliability is on the right track,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said on Twitter Tuesday. fair.
“Much more work lies ahead and we will continue our actions to ensure passengers are taken care of.”
TSA said it checked 2.74 million passengers on Friday alone, the highest single-day number since November 2019. weekend surpassed pre-pandemic traffic levels.
The FAA said Thursday was the nation’s highest post-pandemic daily traffic at 54,684 flights.
(Reporting by David Shepardson)
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