Memorial Day weekend, which traditionally ushers in the busy U.S. summer air travel season, saw U.S. holiday air passenger travel surpass 2019 pre-COVID levels, according to data from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Tuesday.
Over the four-day weekend, the TSA said that approximately 9.8 million passengers were screened or passed through security procedures, which is about 300,000 higher than during the same holiday period in 2019.
According to the organization, 2.74 million passengers were scanned on Friday alone, the most in a single day since November 2019. The weekend’s traffic volumes exceeded those seen before COVID, surpassing Thursday’s previous peak established on Friday.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), there were 54,684 flights on Thursday, the most since COVID.
Flight tracking websites, airlines, and the FAA all reported smooth travel for the Memorial Day weekend and notable performance gains over 2022, including cancellation rates that were far lower than in previous years.
After four days in a row with no flight cancellations, American Airlines (AAL.O) reported on Sunday that only 13 regional flights, or 0.2% of all scheduled departures, were canceled.