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Air Travel: There’s Something for Everyone

Air travelers are benefiting from immense competition, choice and affordability within the aviation industry.

Each day, two million people are stepping foot on commercial aircraft across the United States – taking vacations, visiting loved ones or doing business. U.S. airlines compete aggressively for these customers’ business and loyalty – benefitting travelers at every turn.

For more than four decades, airline consumers have benefitted from the Airline Deregulation Act, which ushered in a new period of accessibility and affordability for the traveling public. Now, few industries match U.S. airlines when it comes to consumer choice, and air travel is now enjoyed by the vast majority of Americans from a range of economic, cultural, racial and geographic backgrounds. In fact, today:

  • More than 90 percent of Americans have flown in their lifetime compared to 50 years ago when less than half of the U.S. population had flown commercially;
  • More than half of Americans have flown before their 16th birthday;
  • In 2021, one-third of Americans who flew had family incomes under $75,000; and
  • In 2022, fares (adjusted for inflation) remained 6.8% below 2019 prices. 

Our industry looks forward to continuing to connect the world – offering unprecedented choice, affordability and access to all travelers as they take to the skies.

To learn more about the Airlines Deregulation Act and the positive impact it has had on the industry, please visit:

40 Years Later: How the Airline Deregulation Act Came to Pass – Part I

40 Years Later: How the Airline Deregulation Act Came to Pass – Part I

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