Thanksgiving air-travel up 1.5%; US carriers expand to accommodate them

United States airline industry group, Airlines for America (A4A), has projected that 25 million passengers have flown on US airlines this Thanksgiving travel period—Nov. 22 through Dec. 3—an increase of 1.5% from 2012. It is expecting 31,000 more travelers per day. Aircraft will be “more than 85% full on the busiest travel days, which are Wednesday, Nov. 27 (2.42 million passengers), Sunday, Dec. 1 (2.56 million passengers) and Monday, Dec. 2 (2.36 million passengers),” A4A said in a statement.

“To accommodate growing demand … carriers are increasing the number of available seats for Thanksgiving travel by roughly 2%,” A4A VP and chief economist John Heimlich said.

Additionally, A4A is reporting the 10 largest US carriers posted net earnings of $4.5 billion during the first nine months of 2013, creating a net profit margin of 4%, up $312 million from 2012.

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