NEWARK, NJ - JULY 01: Travelers line up to enter a security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) on July 1, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. Hundreds of flights were canceled across the US ahead of July Fourth weekend.
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Summer’s nearly officially over and that means the season’s air travel crush – and hopefully the chaos – is set to subside.

The last big summer travel weekend for Americans ended on a relatively high note.

The flight cancellation rate for the Labor Day holiday weekend was 0.6%, a substantial drop from the summer average of 2.2% from Memorial Day weekend in late May through September 1, according to data from flight tracking site FlightAware.

Put that down to a variety of factors, says FlightAware’s Kathleen Bangs, including excellent weather – for the most part – across the US.

“But credit also goes to the airlines for increasing their staffing over the summer,” said Bangs, a former airline pilot and spokesperson for FlightAware.

The smooth performance came on a weekend where the number of passengers screened at US Transportation Security Administration checkpoints exceeded 2019 passenger volumes for the first time over a holiday weekend since the pandemic began.

Is the weekend a harbinger of lower levels of disruption to come?