Number of People to Travel this Thanksgiving to be up 1.5%

By Jesse Sokolow on 7 November 2013
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The number of passengers that will fly during the 12-day Thanksgiving holiday period is expected to increase slightly over last year’s figures.  From November 22 through December 3, airlines are preparing for an increase of 1.5%, or 31,000 travelers per day, from last year.

Twenty five million passengers will fly during the 12-day travel period, according to figures released by Airlines for America, an industry trade group.  The organization delivered the figures in its 2013 Thanksgiving Travel Forecast.

On Wednesday, November 27, Sunday, December 1, and Monday, December 2, the busiest travel days, planes are expected to more than 85% full.  Airlines are already adding seats to meet the growing demands.

Last year, around 39.1 million people took to the road during the Thanksgiving holiday season, according to data from the Automobile Association of America.  The figure is expected to be largely unchanged this year.

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