U.S. Air Travel to Europe Up, Domestic Flights Down

An American Airlines 787-8 takes off

American travelers are packing international flights this summer, leaving some domestic-focused U.S. airlines with lower profits.

The number of passengers who flew on domestic flights last month is down 2% compared to July 2019, the last summer travel season before the COVID-19 pandemic decimated air travel. The number of passengers on trans-Atlantic routes increased 14% compared to July 2019, according to trade Airlines for America.

The change in travel patterns have led to lower ticket prices on some domestic routes. Domestic fares this summer are down 11% compared to last year, while international fares have risen 11% during the same period.

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A lifelong aviation enthusiast, Douglas Royce is currently co-editor of four of Forecast International's Market Intelligence Services: Civil Aircraft Forecast, Military Aircraft Forecast, Rotorcraft Forecast, and Aviation Gas Turbine Forecast. As such, he plays a key role in many important projects that involve market sizing and forecasting for various segments of the world aerospace industry, as well as demand for related systems.

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