There is set to be a rise in the number of people taking flights over the Christmas and New Year period, according to the Air Transport Association (ATA).

There is set to be a rise in the number of people taking flights over the Christmas and New Year period, according to the Air Transport Association (ATA).Forecasts suggest that up to 46.3 million people will take flights to Australia and other destinations this year – three per cent more than last year.

CB Online reports the most popular days for flights will be from December 21st to December 23rd as people attempt to head home or getaway before Christmas Eve. Other peak days for air travel include January 2nd and January 3rd.

“With demand for air travel showing signs of improvement, airlines are hoping to see industry profitability continue into 2011,” said ATA president and chief executive James May.

The ATA is also predicting that some governments could consider opening up airspace that is usually restricted to military aviation to meet the increase in commercial flights.

Founded in 1936, the ATA is one of the world’s oldest and largest airline trade associations.

Written by Alex Cochrane.

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