US air travel hits highest level since March 2020

US air travel hits highest level since March 2020

FILE PHOTO: Travelers reclaim luggage at Denver airport
Travellers wearing protective face masks reclaim their luggage at the airport in Denver, Colorado, US, Nov 24, 2020. (File photo: REUTERS/Kevin Mohatt)

WASHINGTON: Airports in the United States saw their largest number of passengers in a year on Friday (Mar 12), data showed, following a shuddering halt in travel brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Just more than 1.35 million travelers were checked in at American airports on Friday, the most since Mar 15 last year, according to Transportation Safety Administration figures.

Despite the recovery, volume is still nearly half of what it would normally be this time of year.

The previous high since the onset of the coronavirus crisis was seen on Jan 3, with nearly 1.33 million passengers.

Air traffic had plunged to a record low 87,534 passengers on April 14.

The United States has been battered by the world's biggest reported outbreak of the virus, with some 534,000 deaths.

However, the country has administered over 100 million doses of the vaccine and new cases numbers have fallen from their highs over the holiday season.

Source: AFP/jt