Airline Statistics Show More Flights Headed To Atlanta From Boston Than L.A.
Los Angeles Rams fans have – like any supporter of a team in this town that disappeared and then re-appeared as a winner – emerged from underneath shelters and out of crevasses to be, well, Los Angeles Rams fans.
Where before, you never saw anyone except the old-time diehards of the Rams’ days in Anaheim sporting jerseys around town, now they are seemingly everywhere, popping up like the flowers in the poppy fields in springtime.
So you would think they would have been lining up at LAX to make the direct flight to Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII. But New England Patriots fans – those old hands at this sort of thing – outnumbered their counterparts in what was COLD-lanta (not Hot-lanta) and Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
According to a survey by Allianz Global Assistance, nine percent of travelers that went to Atlanta for the weekend came from the Boston metro area compared to eight percent from greater Los Angeles. And that does not even take into account the number of New England transplants who now call Los Angeles home.
“Football fans will be flocking to Atlanta for the upcoming Super Bowl, with Pats fans expected to just outnumber Rams fans,” Daniel Durazo, director of communications and marketing at Allianz Global Assistance USA, a leading travel insurance and assistance company, said the week leading into the game. “The right travel policy can safeguard fans’ investments to get to the Big Game, particularly at a time of year when winter weather or other unexpected events can delay or interrupt a trip.”
In addition to those traveling from Boston and Los Angeles, an impressive percentage were from the New York area (14.3 percent), which is not that surprising considering the NFL is headquartered in New York City.
To reach these numbers, Allianz Global Assistance reviewed Americans’ travel plans for roundtrip flights landing in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airport between Jan. 31-Feb. 2., and returning February 4-5.
By comparison, last year’s game in Minneapolis, Super Bowl LII drew a higher percentage of fans from the competing teams than this year. In 2018, 15 percent of attendees traveled from Philadelphia, and 10 percent from Boston in the Eagles versus Patriots game, amounting to a full 25 percent of fans, compared to this year’s 17 percent.