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The Number One Way You Can Prepare for the Busiest Travel Week of the Year

Historically, the week of Thanksgiving has proven to be one of the busiest for travel. In fact, it appears that Thanksgiving 2016 might be the most hectic Thanksgiving travel week in almost a decade.

Record increases in passenger traffic reported

According to AAA, 48.7 million Americans will travel nationwide this Thanksgiving, a 1.9 percent jump from last year and the highest number of Thanksgiving travelers nationwide since 2007. Additionally, an estimated 27.3 million passengers are expected to use major U.S. airlines during the holiday period, which they define as Nov. 18 through Nov. 29.

A few major U.S. airports have reported that they are expecting large increases in passenger traffic:

Expect flight delays this year

As always during the holiday season, travelers should prepare for long lines, packed flights and an increase in flight delays. Two years ago, travelers who passed through the New York City’s major airports over the week of Thanksgiving had to deal with more flight delays and cancellations than anywhere else in the country. For example, our data showed that for JFK and Newark airports, a total of 723 flights were canceled and 4,438 were delayed — making for a total of 5,161 disruptions between Nov. 23 through 29.

According to our data, these are the U.S. airports with the most scheduled flights during the week:

  1. Chicago O’Hare International Airport
  2. Los Angeles International Airport
  3. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airports
  4. John F. Kennedy International Airport
  5. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  6. San Francisco International Airport
  7. George Bush Intercontinental Airport
  8. Miami International Airport
  9. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  10. Denver International Airport

Get yourself prepared to fly

Keeping track of your flight status is the smartest way to ensure your holiday travel plans go smoothly. If you’re traveling during Thanksgiving, then consider using our free web and mobile apps for flight updates.

Our mobile app and recently enhanced website,, will provide you with real-time flight information throughout your journey. It is the number one way you can prepare.

“The last time I used it, it nailed the time of my flight’s departure, almost down to the minute,” said Lucas Peterson, Travel Columnist for the New York Times.

Over 7 million unique visitors per month get their flight information from FlightStats properties. With our app or website, you can:

  • Check flight status and track a flight
  • Set up a flight alert
  • Look up a historical flight
  • Get airport Information
  • And much more

Before you head to the airport this year, make sure you arm yourself with the most reliable flight data available.