U.S. airports reached the highest number of passengers since the start of the pandemic.

source: cnbc.com

About 2 million people traveled last Friday and Monday, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

U.S. airports registered Friday and Monday during the first long weekend of good weather, according to data published by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

About 1.96 million passengers traveled from U.S. airports on Friday and 1.96 million on Monday.

That's five times more than last year's same Memorial Day weekend.

But it is still 24% less than in the same period of 2019.

Driven by the CoVid-19 vaccination campaign and a nationwide reduction in the number of infections, air traffic in the United States is slowly recovering, with more than 1 million daily passengers at airports since the mid-1990s. March

At its lowest level, on April 13, 2020, only 87,534 people flew into the country.

One of the reasons for the increase in the use of air transportation is for this long weekend, which is considered the beginning of the summer season in the United States. The AAA Automobile Association warned that fuel prices at service stations would be the highest since 2014.

On Tuesday, the nationwide average price of gasoline was 3. 3.04 a gallon (3.79 liters), up from $1.99 last year.

Christopher Nassetta, CEO of the Hilton Hotel Group, told CNBC in an interview that hotel occupancy in the United States was 93 percent Saturday night, the highest rate since epidemics.

Our bookings for our (Boreal) summer at the moment are much higher than what we saw in 2019," he added.

By last weekend, more cities and states in the country began to lift the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, as vaccination rates increase and the number of infections is reduced.

One day after the New Jersey trial, Massachusetts took the mandatory step of wearing a mask on Saturday. In New York and Chicago, authorities reopened public beaches, although winds and low temperatures kept crowds away.

"Welcome," Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a video statement. The shore of the lake is open.

Chicago's Navy Pier also reopened shops and restaurants, fairs, and cruises after crucial epidemics forced the closure of a popular tourist destination.

This is another sign of progress that reflects increasingly positive health statistics. On Saturday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 802 new confirmed and potential infections, the second-lowest number in a single day in the past six months.

For businesses across the country, a more positive outlook and the possibility of consumers making personal purchases at the end of a long holiday were offered.

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, opened its doors to customers on Friday for the first time in almost 14 months. The use of masks is still necessary.

To avoid an epidemic, the establishment turned to online ordering, sidewalk sales, and virtual programs with the authors.

We had to be creative. "We had to take a turn," said Alex Brubaker, the store's manager. Our readers and clients have been incredible. It's a rainy weekend, but the bookstore is full.

On Friday, Minnesota lifted all state-level coronavirus restrictions for bars and restaurants, although city governments can maintain their social distance and mask-wearing standards.

According to recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 50 percent of the U.S. The population has already received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. About 40% of the population is fully vaccinated.