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Labor Day air travel clears 2019 levels as airlines cap a rocky summer

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Leslie Josephs | CNBC

The rocky summer travel season ended on a high note during Labor Day weekend with a surge in air travelers and comparatively smooth operations across the U.S., in keeping with data released on Tuesday.

The Transportation Security Administration screened nearly 8.76 million people from Friday through Monday, surpassing pre-pandemic levels of the identical weekend in 2019, when it screened 8.6 million people.

It was the primary holiday weekend for the reason that pandemic began that TSA screenings topped 2019 tallies, a milestone in air travel’s bumpy recovery. Airlines had reduced their schedules this summer to assist stop spiraling flight delays as they grappled with labor shortages.

Flight disruptions over the favored travel weekend were also below recent trends, helped by decent weather.

U.S. airlines canceled just 0.6% of the greater than 90,000 flights they scheduled, while 16% were delayed, in keeping with FlightAware. That compares with 2.1% of U.S. carriers’ flights canceled between May 27, the Friday before Memorial Day, through Labor Day. Greater than 22% of flights were delayed during that period.

Last Thursday, the Transportation Department launched a latest dashboard that lists what passengers are entitled to if their flight is canceled or delayed.

Executives from major U.S. carriers including United and American are expected to supply outlooks for the autumn and the normally busy year-end holiday season during an industry conference that begins Wednesday.

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