Only a small percentage of Americans generally travel to Europe anyway and many will undoubtedly opt for vacations closer to home. Still, travel usually recovers a few months after a major incident unless disruptions become persistent, which is the fear.
As long as you don't need ample leg room, it's not a bad time to be a passenger right now.
U.S. airline math means adding 700 flights per day in the week before Christmas and cutting about 5,000 per day on Christmas Eve and December 25. The great unknown in the equation is whether the weather will cooperate.
Delta specializes in doing things its own way, and it rarely needs help to make this happen.
Improvements to aviation infrastructure are necessary if the U.S. plans to stay at the lead. It's simply a matter of who will pay.
Ensuring adequate competition in airports large and small gives those airports more negotiating power against the big three national carriers, and could ensure adequate infrastructure for more visitors from abroad to spend their travel dollars in the US. This last is, after all, the mandate of organizations like the US Travel Association.
Airlines and their lobbying group Airlines for America are obsessed with disclosing all the fees except their own. This is just another validation that travelers care more about their efficiency.
Cheap fuel and international travelers with money to spend will mean good things to U.S. airlines. But we are waiting to hear what United's excuses will be at the end of the quarter.
The prediction is based on U.S. airlines' growing profits and the country's slowly stabilizing economy, but record numbers will reflect a larger, more global trend in which international travel is becoming more accessible due to rising incomes and market competition.
Airlines for America confronts obstinance in Congress, which continues to view airlines and passengers as tax revenue.