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May 22 2015

What You Need To Know About Air Travel This Summer

By Mary Reynolds Kane

Gearing up for a family vacation? Making plans for your next site visit? No matter where you’re going, it looks you’ll be sharing the skies with a lot of other passengers.

A new summer travel forecast from Airlines for America projects that U.S. airlines will welcome 2.4 million passengers each day between June 1 and August 31. While summer is always a busy time to travel, 2015 seems to be an especially popular year to see the world. The forecast represents a year-over-year increase of 4.5 percent, and if it’s correct, it will make this the highest-level ever.

So will the demand mean higher ticket prices? Not necessarily. Airlines are gearing up to adjust supply and offer an additional 126,000 seats per day during the summer.

“With 13 of the 15 busiest air travel days of the year falling in the summer months, U.S. airlines are well-prepared to accommodate the increased travel demand by adding flights and seats, and deploying new and larger aircraft, along with a boost in staffing to enhance the customer experience,” John Heimlich, Vice President and Chief Economist, Airlines for America, said in a statement.

SEE ALSO: 7 Questions You Always Have At The Airport

Which Airports To Avoid

While airlines may be prepared for more travelers, some airports are not be ready. Here’s a look at the top 10 worst airports for on-time summer travel over the past decade, according to MileCards.com.

1)    Newark-Liberty

2)    New York-La Guardia

3)    New York-Kennedy

4)    San Francisco

5)    Boston

6)    San Juan

7)    Philadelphia

8)    Chicago O’Hare

9)    Miami

10) Raleigh-Durham

Want to know when to actually click the “purchase” button for your fare? Check out this article for some helpful tips on finding the lowest price for air travel.

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