Thanksgiving Air Travel Forecast

Airlines for America Projects 27.3 Million People Will Travel Globally on U.S. Airlines During the Thanksgiving Travel Period
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Kathy Grannis Allen, Spokesperson, Airlines for America

(Washington D.C., Tuesday, November 22, 2016) - Airlines for America, the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, has projected 27.3 million people will travel globally on U.S. airlines during the Thanksgiving travel period, which is an estimated additional 55,000 more passengers each day over last year.

The Thanksgiving Air Travel Forecast found that an average 2.27 million passengers are expected to take to the skies each day to visit their friends and family this Thanksgiving. Passenger airlines are expected to add an additional 74,000 seats by using larger planes and adding flights each day between November 18 and November 29th.  Highly affordable airfare, down nearly six percent year-to-date over last year, is driving this year’s expected increase.

A4A expects the top 10 busiest airports this Thanksgiving to be Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago’s O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York’s JFK, Denver, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Charlotte and Phoenix.

Kathy Grannis Allen, Spokesperson, Airlines for America, offers tips for travelers during this busy season.

SOUNDBITE #1

AIRPORTS WILL DEFINITELY BE BUSY THIS WEEK BUT TRAVELERS CAN REST ASSURED THAT AIRLINES HAVE SAVED EVERYONE A SEAT AND HAVE ADDED LARGER PLANES AND ADDITIONAL FLIGHTS TO ACCOMMODATE THE BUSY THANKSGIVING TRAVEL PERIOD.  WE ENCOURAGE TRAVELERS TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE RESEARCHED TSA RULES AHEAD OF TIME FOR LIQUIDS, GELS AND AEROSOLS – WHILE PUMPKIN PIE IS SAFE TO GO THROUGH SECURITY, MASHED POTATOES AND GRAVY ARE NOT. LASTLY, REMEMBER TO PACK YOUR PATIENCE. WHILE THE AIRPORT WILL BE CROWDED, AIRLINES ARE STAFFED AND READY TO HANDLE THE MILLIONS OF TRAVELERS WHO COME THROUGH THEIR GATES. AND IF YOU HAVENT SIGNED UP FOR TSA PRECHECK YET, NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO DO SO.  

SOUNDBITE #2:

AIRLINES CONTINUE TO MAKE INVESTMENTS IN NEW TECHNOLOGIES, INCLUDING SMART PHONE APPS THAT ALLOW PASSENGERS TO CHECK IN FROM THEIR MOBILE DEVICE, MONITOR THEIR FLIGHT, DOWNLOAD A MOBILE BOARDING PASS AND EVEN SKIP THE CHECK IN COUNTER. MANY OF OUR MEMBERS PROVIDE IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT FREE OF CHARGE FROM THEIR MOBILE APPS. WE ENCOURAGE PASSENGERS TO DOWNLOAD THEIR CARRIER’S MOST RECENT APP, SIGN UP FOR FLIGHT UPDATES AND OF COURSE FOLLOW THE AIRLINE ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION.

For more information, visit www.a4a.org.

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