Nearly 3.4 million travelers are expected to fly to their destinations this Memorial Day, that's an increase of 11 percent over last year. Air travel over the holiday weekend is projected to exceed pre-pandemic levels, with 170,000 more passengers, or 5.4 percent more, than in 2019. Despite high ticket prices, demand for flights is skyrocketing. This Memorial Day weekend could be the busiest at airports since 2005.
Additionally, more people this holiday are taking other modes of transportation, like buses and trains. These travelers are expected to total 1.85 million, an increase of 20.6 percent over 2022.
AAA's research adds that top domestic destinations include tourist hotspots like Orlando, Fla., New York and Las Vegas. With a 50 percent increase in domestic cruise bookings, port cities in Florida and Alaska, as well as Seattle, are also high on the destination list.
Other popular U.S. cities this holiday weekend include Denver, Boston, Anaheim, Calif., and Canton, Ohio, — home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.