Skift - Edward Russell

Airlines are buoyant with optimistic outlooks for leisure travel this summer

In the U.S., many expect the number of vacationers to near or match 2019 levels during popular holiday periods, like July 4th, in the early innings of what could be a lengthy surge in leisure travel.

But while all these travelers are good for bottom lines, the rapid rise in numbers has created some headaches. In a foreboding sign, Seattle-Tacoma airport saw security queues stretching into a parking garage during busier-than-expected spring break travel in April. And as major airline hubs rebound quickly, many amenities travelers are used to — from concessions to airline lounges — remain shuttered.

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