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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Millions of Americans Travel Thanksgiving

Air travel is expected to be one of the busiest days of the year this Wednesday, as a projected 20 million Americans rush to visit their families, eager to attend this year’s Thanksgiving Day after being blocked by the pandemic last year.

According to forecasts by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), between November 19-28, an average of 2 million people are expected to fly daily, with significantly more on some days. TSA data for 2019 shows 26 million passengers were checked for flights during the holidays.

The airlines say they are ready to deal with the rush and look forward to meeting passengers.

“We’re ready and excited about it,” American Airlines CEO Doug Parker told Fortune. “People want to travel, they want to go on vacation to see their family or go on vacation.” Parker said it will be a busy travel season.

Airlines provide extended perks and bonuses to their employees to keep them in high season. American and Southwest Airlines faced flight cancellations last month due to staff shortages and perceived inclement weather.

United Airlines plans to resume flights at 88 percent from 2019 levels, and is forecast to carry more than 4.5 million passengers from November 19 to 30, while Delta prepares to carry about 5.6 million passengers.

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While gasoline prices will soar to new heights, the AAA auto club expects up to 53.4 million people to travel in total, of which 48.3 million will travel by road for at least 50 miles during the holiday week. … This will exceed the 2020 level by 4 million.

Meanwhile, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, the average daily number of new COVID-19 cases in seven days in the country has grown by almost 30 percent. Nearly 200 million Americans are now fully vaccinated, allaying some travelers’ fears of a resurgence of illness due to vacation travel.

There are now more than 92,000 new infections per day in the United States, with more than 1,000 deaths daily from the virus, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to travel booking app Hopper, the busiest airport on Thanksgiving weekend is expected to be Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, followed by Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

Given the seasonal nature of the business, the average car rental cost per day is 66% higher than in 2020, according to car rental website Kayak.

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