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ATA: Number of passengers flying over Labor Day expected to decline

If you’re flying over the Labor Day holiday, expect the airports to be a little less crowded. And because there are fewer domestic flights, the planes should be at or near capacity.

The number of people flying over the Labor Day holiday this year is expected to be lower than last year’s number.

The Air Transport Association of America, an airline industry trade group, forecasts that 16 million passengers will travel globally on U.S. airlines during the eight-day Labor Day holiday period, that spans Wednesday, Sept. 2 through Wednesday, Sept. 9.

That’s a 3.5 percent decline from the 17 million passengers who traveled on U.S. airlines a year ago.

Economic uncertainty is taking its toll, the ATA said. During October, In the past two years, all 67 airports defined by the Federal Aviation Administration as “large” or “medium” hubs show a reduction in the number of scheduled flights.

“Now is a great time to fly,” said ATA president and CEO James May. “Low fares are making travel to all corners of the world very affordable.”