Overseas Travel RecordOctober 3, 2006 By: Dan Butcher Travel Agent
Peak-season trans-Atlantic travel increased from May through September, perhaps enough to break the record set in 2000, according to the travel research company Donald N. Martin & Company, The New York Times reports. In May, for example, 1.4 million United States passengers traveled to Europe, a 6.9 percent increase over May 2005. Travel in June was up 7.7 percent, to 1.6 million passengers, over June 2005. The company said it expected late-summer figures to confirm a record season. The company cited "significantly expanded capacity by U.S. carriers - Delta and Continental in particular - and a sharp drop-off in European travel to the United States, which freed up more seats for American travelers."