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Air Transportation
Summer air travel set to break record, with 222 million expected to fly

Brace yourself for crowded airports and full planes this summer, as air travel is expected to hit a record high, according to a report released Monday. About 222 million passengers will take to the skies between June 1 and Aug. 31, up 4.5 percent over last year and beating the 2007 record of about 218 million, said Airlines for America, the industry's trade group. That includes a record 31 million travelers on international flights. "The continued rise in U.S. consumer sentiment and employment is leading to more people traveling more often," said John Heimlich, A4A chief economist. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport experienced increased...