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This holiday season, 51 million passengers will make their way to the airport to fly to their hopefully festive destinations on U.S. airlines, Airlines for America reported Wednesday.
If that sounds like a lot, it is: A 3.5-percent increase over last year means travelers should expect busier airports and longer waits — but hopefully no bumping of passengers.
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From December 15 to January 4, U.S. airlines have added an average of 91,000 more seats for about 80,000 more passengers expected each day compared to last year (when 49.3 million passengers took to the sky).
Airlines for America credits the increase to “an improving economy and sub-inflation airfares.”
A pair of storm systems, along with moisture from former Hurricane Michael, will combine to create potentially dangerous weather across parts of Spain, Algeria and Tunisia this week.
Nearly a week after Hurricane Michael left parts of the Florida Panhandle in ruins, emergency officials rushed to deliver aid and clear debris as the search continued for survivors.
A clash of unusually cold air for October and lingering tropical moisture will continue heavy rain and the likelihood of flooding over the south-central United States, focused on Texas through Tuesday night.
Republicans and democrats are trying to win over voters by using an environmental issue during the Florida Senate race.
Parts of Mexico will endure heavy rain and the risk for mudslides from newly formed Tropical Storm Tara.
Heavy rainfall triggered deadly flash flooding in the Aude region of southern France on Sunday night.