Economy

Airlines see Thanksgiving travel rising 3 percent

The carriers, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, posted a total profit of $14.7 billion, down from $18.4 billion in the year-ago period.

Airlines for America released a new study that revealed 28.5 million passengers are expected to fly during the 12-day Thanksgiving air-travel period between November 17-28, with the busiest day being November 26, with an expected 2.88 million passengers.

To accommodate the extra travelers, airlines in the USA have added around 86,000 seats each day, a 3.2 percent increase from 2016.

In addition to the Thanksgiving travel data, Airlines for America officials also spoke out against a Passenger Facility Charge increase on US passengers being considered by Congress.

Despite posting a collective 3.8 percent revenue increase, steep upticks in operating expenses drove down the pretax profits of nine publicly traded USA airlines, Airlines for America (A4A) said.

The group says that airlines are adding slightly more seats than the expected increase in travelers.

Thanksgiving Day, on November 23, will have the fewest travelers, but the following Sunday will be the busiest day with 2.88 million passengers, it estimated. The lightest travel day is expected to be Thanksgiving Day itself, November 23.

Holiday travelers know by now that Thanksgiving is the busiest time of the year for airlines and that the Wednesday before and the Sunday after the holiday are the busiest days of the year.

Alas, if you haven't booked your flight yet you nearly certainly will pay more than someone who booked in the last week of September. If you waited, expect to pay up to $476 for the same ticket.



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