U.S. air passenger traffic has occasionally surpassed pre-pandemic levels in recent months, but only at unusual times, such as when holidays fell in different weeks.
U.S. air passenger traffic exceeds comparable 2019 levels, the first time since Covid-19 dramatically curtailed air travel.
Just over 15 million people passed through Transportation Security Administration security portals in the past seven days, up 39,000 from 2019, or an increase of less than 1%, according to TSA data.
While demand for travel has rebounded, weekly passenger numbers have been well below historic levels, a result of staff shortages, reduced flight schedules and other issues. The rolling seven-day total was above the same period in 2019 as of Oct. 27, according to the TSA.
Passenger traffic has occasionally surpassed pre-pandemic levels in recent months, but only at unusual times, such as when holidays fall on different weeks.
The increase comes at a traditional time period for travel. The recent volume is still well below the 18 million people a week who flew during the summer 2019 peak.