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Cleared for Takeoff: Vacation Travel Roaring Back for Memorial Day Weekend

Cleared for Takeoff: Vacation Travel Roaring Back for Memorial Day Weekend

By: Shari Biediger

May 27, 2021

With a pandemic fading in the rearview mirror, a travel bug is now spreading among a public eager to leave behind quarantine life.

One sign that people are rushing to get out of Dodge is the passenger volume reported by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) and the San Antonio International Airport, which spiked last weekend and is expected to jump again Thursday, considered the start of the summer travel season.

Nationwide, TSA screened more than 1.8 million people at airport security checkpoints on May 23, with Sundays continuing to be one of the busiest travel days of the week as air travel returns to more normal levels. Air traffic was busiest at the Atlanta airport, with Dallas/Fort Worth and Denver in second and third place.

More passengers flew through San Antonio International Airport on May 23 than the same day two years ago, a full nine months before the coronavirus pandemic grounded air travel around the world, said Brian Pratte, chief air service development officer for the airport, in an email.

The San Antonio airport is expecting another big weekend starting Thursday and continuing through Monday. Though the number of flights will be down by 20% compared to this time in 2019, they are up 200% over last year.

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