Close to half of Americans -- 48 percent -- flew on an airline last year, according to the survey. That’s up from 25 percent in 1977.
“Compared to air travel of a generation ago that was heavily focused on those traveling for business, this shows that Americans view air travel as widely available and accessible and a principal form of intercity and international transportation,” said Ipsos Public Affairs president Chris Jackson in a written statement.
The average American adult took 2.5 airline trips in 2017, according to the survey.
“It’s actually a lot of people taking a few trips,” Jackson said.
More than a third of travelers -- 34 percent -- said they are not currently enrolled in any frequent flier program.
The survey of 5,046 American adults was conducted online in January 2018.