In this May 28, 2021 file photo, travelers wait for their luggage at a baggage carousel at Miami International Airport in Miami. Credit: Wilfredo Lee / AP

Daily U.S. air travelers exceeded 2 million for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, reaching almost three-quarters of the volume recorded on the same day in 2019, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

TSA officials screened 2,028,961 people at airport security checkpoints on Friday, which was 1.5 million more than on June 11, 2020, and 74 percent of the number on the same day two years ago, the agency said in a statement.

Air travel rebounded as the U.S. vaccination campaign took off and unleashed a wave of pent-up demand. The surge has pushed up airfares for the peak summer travel season as flight schedules remain lighter than before the pandemic.

TSA screened an average of 2 million to 2.5 million travelers per day before COVID-19 hit. Screening volume at U.S. airports reached a low of 87,354 on April 13, 2020.

Story by Tony Czuczka, Bloomberg News.