Pent-up travel demand could lead to holiday headaches
Significantly more people plan to travel during the holidays this year than in previous years, according to a new PWC survey — but that pent-up demand will strain airlines still trying to recover from last year, industry analysts warn.
By the numbers: Roughly a third of the population typically travels during the holidays, most to visit family and friends, previous PWC data showed.
- That was true even last year, when many travelers took road trips instead of flying.
- This year, however, 52% of respondents said they plan to travel —
far more than the typical one-third. Most will travel by car (72%), although 57% of those with household incomes above $150,000 said they plan to travel by air.