U.S. Memorial Day holiday: the number of air passengers will hit a new high since the epidemic, car owners welcome the most expensive oil prices in seven years
China News Service, San Francisco, May 30. According to US media reports, with the improvement of the epidemic, the number of US air passengers during the Memorial Day holiday this year will hit a new high since the outbreak. At the same time, American car owners are also facing the most expensive oil prices in seven years.
p >On May 25th, local time, customers dine at a seafood restaurant in Chelsea Market, New York, USA. Since the passenger capacity restrictions of New York State museums, movie theaters, restaurants, retail and other commercial and cultural venues were lifted in late May, the passenger flow of the famous Chelsea Market in New York has gradually recovered. Photo by China News Agency reporter Liao Pan
This year’s US Memorial Day is May 31st. According to a report by the US Consumer News and Business Channel on the 30th, the US Transportation Security Administration reported that on the 28th, more than 1.9 million people traveled by plane, setting a record for the number of American air passengers since the outbreak. In the same period last year, the US Transportation Security Administration’s statistics were 327,000 passengers. The agency predicts that during the Memorial Day holiday, US airports may receive up to 2 million passengers every day. The Associated Press reported on the 28th that the passenger flow of airports in Miami, Orlando and other places has reached or approached the normal level before the epidemic, and hotels in the surrounding areas of well-known scenic spots were fully booked throughout the holiday.
The Associated Press quoted the American Automobile Association as saying that it is expected that the number of travellers during the Memorial Day holiday this year will increase by 60% compared to 2020. There are 37 million Americans at least 50 miles (80 kilometers) away from home, and most of them travel by car. The Los Angeles Times cited data from the American Automobile Association that the average gasoline price in the United States this month reached $3.045 per gallon, the highest level since 2014.
With the gradual restart of all aspects of American society, people who have experienced a long-term “blockade” expect to be on the road again, and gasoline demand is returning to the level before the outbreak. According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, as measured by the four-week average of fuel supply, the current demand for gasoline in the United States has risen to more than 9 million barrels per day for the first time since March last year. Analysts said that this summer, the average level of gasoline demand in the United States may reach the normal level before the epidemic.
The White House Press Secretary Psaki said in a statement on the 28th that President Biden knows that gasoline prices are a pain point for Americans and opposes any proposal to raise gasoline taxes. She said that officials will continue to monitor oil prices and “I am very happy that Americans can go on the road again.” (End)