Air travel surged to its highest level in nearly one year. According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the number of travelers screened on Friday reached its highest level since March 15. Data suggests the impact of Covid-19 on the air travel industry might be coming to an end.
A spokesperson for the US agency reported the Transportation Security Administration screened 1,357,111 people at airport security checkpoints on Friday. The figure is the highest since March 15, 2020, when it reached 1,519,192 people.
“If you choose to fly, wear that mask!” Lisa Farbstein, a spokesperson for the agency, said on Twitter.
Air travel rates heavily decreased since last year due to covid-19 travel restrictions. According to the International Civil Aviation Organization, the air travel industry losses had hit $374 billion since last year, and the seating capacity fell by 50%.
“With airports and air navigation services providers losing a further 115 billion and 13 billion, respectively”, said ICAO in a press statement.