Airlines predict record Thanksgiving US holiday travel

Major U.S. airlines and the Transportation Security Administration expect record air travel over the Thanksgiving holiday air travel period

Nov 14, 2023

Airlines for America, an industry group representing American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and others, forecasts 29.9 million passengers between Nov. 17-27, an all-time high and up 9% over the 27.5 million in the same period last year - and up 1.7 million passengers over pre-COVID record levels.

Key takeaways

  • TSA said in the 12-day period ending Nov. 28 it forecasts screening 30 million U.S. air passengers and expects to set the busiest ever one-day screening during the holiday period;
  • Airlines for America says Nov. 26 will be a record-setting air travel day with 3.2 million passengers. U.S. airlines are offering 253,000 additional seats per day on average over 2022;
  • The record travel comes despite airline flight cuts to New York airports because of air traffic controller staffing.

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