Thanksgiving Travel Expected to Increase this Year

By Jesse Sokolow on 2 November 2016
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DSC_0452The number of passengers that will fly during this year’s 12-day Thanksgiving holiday period is expected to increase slightly over last year’s figures.

Figures released by Airlines for America, an industry trade group, predict that 27.3 million passengers will travel on U.S. airlines during the last two weeks of November. The forecast is a 2.5% increase from last year’s, when 26.6 million travelers were predicted to fly.

The trade group estimates that American carriers will fly an average of 2.27 million passengers a day over the 12-day period, which will last from Friday, November 18 through Tuesday, November 29.

The busiest travel days are expected to be Sunday, November 27; Monday, November 28; and Wednesday, November 24, the day before Thanksgiving. As in past years, the least busiest travel day of the holiday period is expected to be Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24.

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