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Fasten your seat belt: Record number flying this spring

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Manuel Armenta | 21 Marcha, 2017, 00:12

The Transportation Security Administration has since hired more screeners and is working more closely with airlines to coordinate staffing levels to peak traffic times. That helped propel the industry's 10 publicly traded airlines to a collective pre-tax profit of $22.3 billion for the year, slightly off the $23.3 billion in 2015.

The projected number of spring travelers is a 4% increase over the almost 140 million passengers who flew a year ago between March 1 and April 30 on US -based airlines, according to a forecast released Monday by the trade group Airlines for America.

That's a four percent increase from last spring's 140 million passengers, according to Airlines for America, which announced its findings on the first day of spring. As such, airlines are adding 110,000 seats per day across their networks to accommodate the 89,000 additional daily passengers expected to fly on USA carriers during this period.

The projections for continued growth come days after the Transportation Department announced that US airlines carried a record number of 823 million passengers previous year.

"There has never been a better time to fly", A4A vice president John Heimlich said in a statement, noting that "historically low fares, reliable operations" as well as "a boost in US employment and personal incomes" are fueling the demand.

The nation's airlines expect to set a new record for spring travel this year, with almost 145 million travelers taking to the air.

Last year, US and foreign airlines added 198 new routes and discontinued 161 routes, resulting in a net growth of 37 nonstop routes.

Airlines are also expanding service by adding new nonstop routes.

As profits have recovered from the 2008-2009 financial crisis, USA airlines have paid down $63 billion in debt, bought hundreds of planes, added the equivalent of almost 33,000 full-time employees, and raised wages. More 700 million of those passengers were on domestic flights.