ATA Predicts a Rise in Summer Passenger Numbers

16 May 2010 (Last Updated May 16th, 2010 18:30)

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) has predicted almost 2.2 million passengers a day will travel globally on US airlines between 1 June and 31 August 2010. This is an increase of 1% to nearly 202 million passengers, compared with the same period in 2009. The ATA

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) has predicted almost 2.2 million passengers a day will travel globally on US airlines between 1 June and 31 August 2010.

This is an increase of 1% to nearly 202 million passengers, compared with the same period in 2009.

The ATA says nearly 176 million passengers are expected to travel domestically during the summer travel period – a figure on par with 2009 domestic levels, and 26 million passengers will travel internationally, a rise of 7%.

ATA president and CEO James C. May said the slight rise in the number of passengers is a positive sign, however the high jet fuel prices may hamper recovery efforts.