Airports are not only dealing with record numbers of air travelers but also big increases in traffic.

So reports The New York Times.

But relief may be on the way through the efforts of airports and ride sharing service providers such as Uber and Lyft.

“To address the crowding, airports are starting to make changes, adding express lanes for travelers without checked bags, separate areas for ride-share companies and larger off-site lots for waiting,” writes reporter Julie Weed.

“At the same time, ride-share companies like Lyft and Uber are adding new capabilities to their apps, matching, for example, drivers who have just dropped off passengers with people waiting to be picked up, cutting down the time vehicles are circulating and waiting.”

The Times report comes as airlines expect record crowds over the week-long Labor Day period.

Ground Transportation

The trade group Airlines for America forecast Tuesday that 17.5 million passengers will fly on U.S. carriers between Aug. 28 and Sept. 3. That’s 2.5 million passengers a day and a 4% increase over the same week last year.

The busiest day is expected on Friday, Aug. 30, when the group forecasts just under 3 million people will board a U.S. airline.

The airline group says carriers have added seats even though Southwest, American and United have canceled thousands of flights while their Boeing 737 Max planes remain grounded.

Transportation Department figures show that travel demand has been strong all year, with fares at or near record lows, after adjusting for inflation. The numbers don’t include extra fees.

For details about the ride sharing crunch, read the full story online at WRAL.com:

Ride Sharing Adds to the Crush of Traffic at Airports

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