Airline Industry Forecasts 51 Million Flyers This Holiday Season

By Anna Breuer on 6 December 2017
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Lobby of the Four Seasons, Toronto

Lobby of the Four Seasons, Toronto

For those traveling during the Christmas and Hanukah holiday period, one thing is certain: you won’t be alone.

Over 51 million passengers are expected to board planes operated by U.S. airlines during the 21-day holiday travel period, which runs from Friday, December 15, 2017, through Thursday, January 4, 2018, a 3.5% increase over last year, according to figures released Wednesday by airline industry trade group Airlines for America.

In addition, many millions more are expected to travel by train or hit the roads to visit family and friends.

U.S. airlines are expected to add 91,000 seats per day as well as new routes to handle the increase.

“Flying to see family, friends and loved ones this holiday season is more accessible than ever before,” said the group’s chief economist, John Heimlich.

The busiest travel days during the period will be December 21, 22 and 26, while the lightest days will be December 24 and 25, as well as December 31.

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