A record 17.5 million passengers are forecast to fly on U.S. airlines over the Labor Day travel period, according to an airline industry group.
The travel period for the holiday starts Wednesday Aug. 28 before Labor Day and runs through Tuesday Sept. 3 after the holiday. The forecast from industry group Airlines for America amounts to a 4 percent increase in traffic during that period compared with last year.
The busiest day is expected to be Friday Aug. 30 before Labor Day, which is among the 25 busiest days of the year, according to Airlines for America chief economist John Heimlich.
Other busy days will be Thursday Aug. 29 and Labor Day Monday Sept. 2.
There will be much lighter traffic on the Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day, which are among the least busy days of the year, according to Heimlich.
Airlines for America said carriers are still coping with a reduction of more than 300 daily flights due to the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX, but are adding 109,000 seats a day to their schedules to handle the busy Labor Day period.
Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport including Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, one of the world's largest carriers, and Hartsfield-Jackson, ranked for years as the world's busiest airport. She has covered airlines for more than 15 years, graduated from Harvard and has a master's degree from Northwestern.