BALTIMORE (WJZ) — This Memorial Day weekend broke travel records that the U.S. hasn’t seen since the start of the pandemic. More than 700,000 Marylanders are expected to return after heading out of town for the holiday.
TSA reported nearly 2 million air travelers on Friday — the highest number reported since the beginning of the COVID-19 health crisis.READ MORE: Two Days After Mandate Went Into Effect, The Vaccination Status Of Thousands Of City Employees Remains Unknown
AAA predicts a 60 percent spike in travel, both on the road and in the sky. However, with an increase In traffic, travel times are expected to about 20 percent longer than usual.READ MORE: Jonathan & Diana Toebbe Plead Not Guilty To Espionage Charges
In recent months, airlines said bookings have surged due to higher demand and COVID restrictions relaxing. Airport officials are reminding travelers to pack their patience because longer wait times are expected.
At BWI Airport, recent data shows a steady increase in passenger traffic over recent weeks. This comes as COVID cases and more Americans get vaccinated.MORE NEWS: State Agencies Say Labor Shortages Are Impacting Processing Times For Unemployment Claims
Although this holiday weekend is wrapping up, this weekend was just the unofficial start of a busy travel season.