Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » News

Thanksgiving 2012: Expect Busier Airports & Packed Planes For Holiday Travel

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Nov 07, 2012 05:07 PM EST

Text Size: A A A

Thanksgiving travel is going to be booming this holiday, but it isn't necessarily going to be enjoyable. Besides high airfare costs, airports are expected to be busier and planes will be fuller than usual this holiday season.

According to the Associated Press, Airlines for American predicts that 24 million people will travel by plane from Nov. 16, through Tuesday, Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving on Nov. 22.

This high expected amount of travelers shows an increase from 2011, but it isn't quite as high as travel during 2006 and 2007, when about 26.2 million people traveled. The increase can be blamed on a slight economic recovery. 

With more people traveling during Thanksgiving, planes are expected to be up to 90 percent full on average, which would be a record. Most flights will be completely full, according to the Associated Press.

The busiest travel day during the Thanksgiving travel period is expected to be Sunday, Nov. 25. Other busy days include Wednesday, Nov. 21 and Monday, Nov. 26. The lightest travel day will be Thanksgiving Day.

Flights will be packed, not only because of more travelers, but also because of less flights. Airlines has consistently reduced the number of flights due to a low demand. This also allows them to raise airfares. 

"We are expecting planes to be full as more travelers head to the sky and airlines more closely match their capacity to demand, to offset what are expected to be record fuel prices," Jean Medina, spokeswoman for Airlines for America said, according to USA Today.

According to AP, domestic flight airfares are up four percent compared to last year and fares are expected to increase even further. 

Reducing the amount of flights also allows airlines to save money on high fuel costs. According to AP, the US airlines industry saw a 5.6 percent revenue increase in the first nine months of 2012, while fuel costs rose by 6.2 percent, which means the airline lost out on some revenue. 

According to Airlines for America, the top US airlines only made 50 cents from each passenger they carried from January to September. 

© 2016 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Travel Tips

carrying a baby

How Dads Can Enjoy Travelling With A Baby

Are you a dad of a toddler who is worried of travelling with the baby? Then check out 5 simple ways to handle your baby as you travel.

Climber at a Mountain Peak

5 Important Tips To Climb Mount Everest Safely

Climbing the Mount Everest is one exhilarating adventure. The preparation however is not an easy thing.

Steamboat Natchez

New Orleans Offers 7 Great Activities For Families: Find Out Here

There is no shortage of activities in the wonderful city of New Orleans.

Caribbean

Island Hopping In The Caribbean: How To Get The Best Tours

Island trips to the Carribbean should not be too hard even for those who were just doing it for the first time. In other words, even if travellers are scared of going on unfamiliar trips for the first time, they can still go on these trips, thanks to helpful resources such as guides and maps.

Phewa lake in 1982

7 Cheapest World Destinations For An Affordable and Relaxing Vacation

Every traveler wants to spend less while going to different places. With that, Price of Travel ranks world cities every year based on how affordable they are as a reference for budget travelers. With that, we have here the 7 cheapest travel destination for 2016 that will give you extra money to get a side trip to other places you dream of visiting!

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Want more Travel?

Most Popular

Airport

TSA Security Head Fired Over Long Lines In The Airport?

Kelly Hoggan, the agency's assistant administrator for security operations, has been removed from his position, according to an internal memo by TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger obtained by NBC News.

Swimming pool

US: 1 in 8 Swimming Pools Closed for Health Violations, According To Health Violations

One in eight swimming pools in most populated states were allegedly been shut down due to inspection of filthy and suspected existing harmful water around, as announced by health authorities in the United States on Thursday.

Coplays

Top 5 Reasons Blizzard Entertainment's "Overwatch" Deserves The Hype

The latest Blizzard first-person shooting game is taking the gaming world by storm. It is not surprising.

travelers today

© 2016 IQADNET LLC All rights reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Real Time Analytics