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| 18 September 2021, Saturday |

US airport passengers hit 1.357 million on Friday, the highest since March 2020

The number of airport passengers in US reached 1.357 million on Friday, the highest number screened since March 15, 2020, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

This indicates that air travel begins to rebound from a pandemic-related drop.

COVID-19 has devastated air travel demand, with U.S. airline passenger demand down 60 percent in 2020 and down 63 percent in January. But with a growing number of Americans getting vaccinated, demand and advanced bookings have started to rise in recent weeks.

Friday’s numbers were still down 38 percent over pre-COVID-19 levels.