By now, it's not much of a secret to Americans that the economy is bouncing back. Gas prices are lowering and the unemployment rate was down to 8.1 percent in April, falling nearly a whole percentage point from where it was at the same time last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Struggling Americans have avoided spending money on expenses such as going away on vacations over the past few years, but a report released this week from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) indicates that there have been dramatic changes in travel trends recently. According to the BTS' data, 53.1 million domestic and international passengers flew on U.S. airlines in February this year.
What's remarkable about that figure is that it represents a 6.4 percent growth in domestic fliers since February 2012, as well as a 4.4 percent increase in international passengers. Overall, there was a 6.1 percent increase in American air travelers in 2012 compared to the previous year, and a 9 percent increase since 2010.
The government agency also reported that just over 20,000 extra planes took to the skies in February 2012 compared to that timeframe in 2011, which represented a 3.4 percent jump.
With more passengers taking to the skies, it's no doubt that Americans are taking advantage of their improving fiscal stability. Increased air traffic means increased ground traffic at airports, and because of that, finding reliable, hassle-free airport service can be difficult. By making a quick reservation with Hermes Worldwide, however, travelers will receive the best luxury transportation available without worrying about shuttle bus schedules or swindling cab drivers.