Written by by Annie Symons, CNN
Air travel has been down 13% in the last year, with notable disruptions — including terrorist attacks and a massive outbreak of avian flu — to blame.
These events, along with the weak dollar, are largely to blame for the drop in international flights, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation
The average fare to the United States was $368 per flight in the first quarter of 2016, down 8% from last year. (The average fare is set to rise slightly by next year, thanks to the falling dollar.)
But travelers from countries that traditionally don’t fly to the United States continue to take advantage of some perks when coming here. Those include free Wi-Fi in U.S. airports and reduced airport security.
“It makes sense that the fliers flying to the United States have behavior consistent with many fliers traveling around the world, such as choosing airports with free Wi-Fi,” said Jeremy Fox, chief economist at FreedomPop, a broadband Internet company, in a statement.
Despite domestic problems, more travelers than ever will head to the United States in 2020. Here’s a look at five countries attracting visitors by the millions.