NEW YORK (November 7, 2012)--Travelers can expect airports to be busier, planes fuller than ever, and flights costlier over the Thanksgiving travel period, according to the main trade group representing U.S. airlines.
Two weeks before the holiday, Airlines for America said Wednesday it expects nearly 24 million travelers to fly from Friday, Nov. 16, through Tuesday, Nov. 27, up from a year earlier. Last year's tally was flat from 2010.
For those traveling on the busiest days around Thanksgiving, planes are expected to be close to 90 percent full, the trade group says, which would be a record for the holiday.
Airlines have been reducing flights to better match demand, which in turn allows them to raise prices.
Domestic ticket prices are up 4 percent from 2011, according to the group.