Travel News Air Travel U.S. Travel Numbers Rise Over 1 Million For the First Time Since March 16 But don't call it a comeback Written by Katherine Alex Beaven Instagram Katherine Alex Beaven is a freelance news writer for TripSavvy. She’s lived abroad in Italy, Japan, South Africa, and Australia. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Katherine Alex Beaven Updated 10/20/20 Fact-Checked by Reviewed on 10/20/20 Jillian Dara Instagram Jillian Dara is a freelance travel writer and fact checker. Her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, USA Today 10Best, Michelin Guide, Hemispheres, DuJour, and Jetsetter. About TripSavvy Fact-Checking Jillian Dara Share Pin Email Scott Olson / Getty Images It seems that Sunday brought with it a new travel surprise (don’t worry, it’s finally the good kind). On October 18, American travel hit a promising high note for the first time since pandemic lockdowns began mid-March—TSA reported that more than a million passengers passed through its security screening checkpoints. That’s 1,031,505 travelers to be exact, and it’s the first time since March 16 that travel numbers have been high enough to reach double-comma digits. Since we’re here to celebrate any great gains for the travel industry, it’s also worth mentioning that this spike in traveler numbers took place over an unsuspecting weekend—no holiday, no typically strong travel dates, nada—just your average, random weekend that is giving the air travel industry a much-need injection of hope for recovery. But don’t call it a comeback—yet. Last year’s checkpoint counts for the same date came in at 2,606,266 passengers, so we’re still seeing significantly less traveler movement through airports. (Still, it's a boon compared to the spring season numbers that were only in the tens of thousands versus the usual millions). Plus, while Sunday’s rise in traveler numbers may speak to the fact that people are more comfortable flying than they previously have been, it’s coming at a time when over half of U.S. states are seeing week-over-week rises or even record numbers of positive case numbers and experts are warning of a possible new wave of cases, maybe even the worst yet. However, it’s still hopeful to see that the airline industry isn’t fighting a total uphill battle and that the number of people who are open to the idea of air travel is indeed finally starting to take off again. Why October 1 Might Be Doomsday for U.S. Airlines Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Air Travel Is at Record Highs Since the Pandemic Started—But Is It a Comeback? The Cruise Comeback Date Is Now Even Closer Thanks To These Two Cruise Lines Are U.S. Tourists Responsible for Mexico’s Recent Record-Breaking COVID-19 Spike? Is It Safe to Travel to Italy? As Air Travel Begins To Rebound, Airlines Are Already Making Big Changes The TSA Reports a Spike in Travelers Over Labor Day Weekend CDC Says to Avoid Non-Essential Travel Even If You’re Vaccinated After Months of Silence, CDC Finally Releases Next Steps For Return Of U.S. Cruises The TSA Reports the First Weekly Decline in Air Travel Since April What Countries Can I Travel To If I’m Vaccinated? 10 Travel Trends We're Looking Forward to in 2021 20 Solo Trips in 2020: I Traveled Solo During COVID-19 Bike Travel Is Surging Around the World. Will It Last? United Airlines Anticipates a Busy Thanksgiving Week, Adding 1,400 Flights These Cruise Lines Will Require COVID-19 Vaccines To Sail A Brand New Budget Airline Is Launching This Year—Can It Succeed?