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US airlines are preparing for a Thanksgiving travel week for the record books. All of the big three carriers have reported that they expect to see millions of passengers flying over the holiday.
American Airlines expects to fly more than 7.8 million passengers between November 16th and 28th. This will be a record number for the Dallas-based carrier. During this period, American expects to operate 70,000+ scheduled flights that will transport over 7.8 million passengers. This represents over 500,000 more flyers than last year. It estimates that November 26th and 27th will be the first and second-busiest travel days this year.
David Seymour, American’s Chief Operating Officer, said
We are running the best operation in our airline’s history. As our customers travel to spend time with their friends and loved ones this Thanksgiving, we look forward to continuing to deliver a safe and reliable operation they can count on, and that’s thanks to the hard work of our more than 130,000 team members.”
Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines is expecting to transport over one million passengers per day on November 17th, 26th, and 27th. The Atlanta-based carrier expects to fly over 6.2 to 6.4 million passengers during the Thanksgiving holiday. This is up from 5.7 million passengers in 2022. If Delta hits its projections, it will surpass 2019 levels.
United Airlines is also ready for a record-breaking Thanksgiving holiday. It projects that it will carry more passengers this Thanksgiving holiday than ever before. Over 5.9 million passengers will fly over a holiday period that last 11 days. November 26th is revealed to be the busiest according to the airline.
It’s going to be a busy travel holiday. Arrive early, be polite, and prepare to wait. Happy Turkey Day!
Anthony’s Take: My winter home airport, Tampa International Airport (TPA), is expecting its busiest Thanksgiving ever. Over 80,000 passengers per day will pass through the airport (including me as I fly to see family in NJ). It’s clear that people are ready to travel to see family and friends this year at levels even greater than before the pandemic.
(Image Credits: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines.)
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