U.S. Airlines Expect 38 Million Travelers Over Christmas and New Year’s, a 3% Increase
Flying somewhere between now and New Year’s Day? You may have some company.
Over 38.1 million passengers are expected to board a plane operated by a U.S. airline during the 17-day holiday travel period. This represents a 3% year-over-year, according to airline industry trade group Airlines for America, the same as the increase during the Thanksgiving holiday period.
The group said that 12% of those flying will be on international flights, and the remainder on domestic. The figures cover flights operated by all domestic U.S. airlines.
The busiest travel days are expected to be Sunday, January 3, 2016; Friday, December 18; and Sunday, December 27, respectively. The lightest travel days will be Christmas Even, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.
To prepare for the crowds, airlines are once again adding more flights, using larger aircraft, and making more employees available to help those traveling.
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