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Trade group predicts crowded airports and planes this summer

Airports will be crowded this summer and empty airline seats rare as Americans take to the skies in numbers that are expected to edge closer to the pre-recession peak....

..."The airlines will be operating at flat-out full capacity," said Jami Counter, senior director for flights for the travel website TripAdvisor.com. "From an operational perspective, there will be very little to no slack in the system."...

...New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C., will be the most popular summer destinations this year, according to a survey of 1,200 U.S. travelers by TripAdvisor.com, which predicted that summer travel — including car trips — will be up 7% over the same time last year...