Holiday air travel is set to be one of the most expensive on record, NBC News reports

It’s not just inflation. There has been no letup in travel demand as the pandemic ebbs.

Passengers walk to the baggage claim area at the Des Moines International Airport, Monday, June 13, 2022, in Des Moines, Iowa. Officials at the airport were counting on the federal infrastructure money to replace an aging terminal with a modern structure. Four years ago, a new 14-gate terminal was projected to cost about $434 million and be open by 2026. By this spring, the cost had soared to $733 million. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (Charlie Neibergall, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Thinking of flying for the holidays this year? Expect to pay more for airfare than at any other time in recent years.

Thanksgiving airfare prices are currently averaging $281 round trip, up 25% from last year, according to travel booking group Hopper. For Christmas travel, airfare prices are averaging $435 round trip, up 55% from last year and 19% higher than in 2019.

Those are the highest levels in at least five years, according to the website.

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