Better get to the airport early this Thanksgiving.
More people are expected to travel on U.S. airlines during the 12-day Thanksgiving air-travel period than a year ago, according to a new estimate from Airlines for America (A4A).
The organization estimates 28.5 million passengers will travel this holiday, up 3 percent from 2016. Sunday, Nov. 26, is projected to be the busiest day of the period with an estimated 2.88 million passengers.
The 2.38 million passengers per day expected to take to the skies represent an increase of 69,000 from the 2016 Thanksgiving travel period. Airlines are accommodating this increase in demand by adding 86,000 more seats in the marketplace each day, a 3.2 percent increase over 2016.
“Airline passengers continue to benefit from the highly competitive air-service landscape this holiday season, as low fares and increased availability of seats continue to make air travel widely accessible,” A4A Vice President and Chief Economist John Heimlich said in a news release.