U.S. Airlines Expect Record Number of Passengers for Thanksgiving

By Paul Riegler on 19 November 2019
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Flying somewhere over the Thanksgiving holiday? You won’t be alone.

The number of passengers that will fly during this year’s 12-day Thanksgiving holiday period is expected to increase over last year’s figures. The Thanksgiving holiday falls on Thursday, November 28.

Figures released by Airlines for America, an industry trade group, predict that 31.6 million passengers will travel on U.S. airlines during the last two weeks of November. The forecast is a 3.1% increase over last year’s predictionof 30.6 million.

The trade group estimates that American carriers will fly an average of 2.63 million passengers a day over the 12-day period, which will last from Friday, November 22 through Tuesday, December 3.

Airlines will operate 859 more flights than on average during the 12-day period, which adds 108,000 seats in capacity.

“The popularity of air travel continues to soar this holiday season,” said John Heimlich, chief economist of Airlines for America, adding that airlines are investing billions of dollars in the passenger experience and to improve the efficiency of their operations.

The busiest travel day is expected to be Sunday, December 1, with an anticipated 3.1 million passengers.  Wednesday, November 27, the day before Thanksgiving, and the day after, Friday, November 29, will be the second and third busiest respectively. As in past years, the least busiest travel day of the holiday period is expected to be Thanksgiving Day itself, with only 1.79 million passengers expected.

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