Stats: Atlanta, LAX Top Busiest Thanksgiving Airports

With the busiest Thanksgiving travel weekend in 12 years almost upon us, the research teams at Hopper and InsureMyTrip have compiled a list of the busiest airports for travelers this weekend. They are:

  1. Atlanta
  2. Los Angeles
  3. Chicago
  4. Dallas
  5. New York – JFK
  6. Denver
  7. San Francisco
  8. Las Vegas
  9. Charlotte
  10. Phoenix
  11. Miami
  12. Seattle
  13. Orlando
  14. Newark
  15. Houston
  16. Boston
  17. Minneapolis
  18. Detroit
  19. Fort Lauderdale
  20. New York – LaGuardia
  21. Philadelphia
  22. Baltimore
  23. Washington – Ronald Reagan
  24. Chicago Midway
  25. Washington – Dulles

Here are some other key findings from the report:

  • Domestic flight prices are currently averaging about $322 round-trip for Thanksgiving compared to $288 last year (up about 12%).
  • Travelers can save the most money by leaving on Monday, November 20 and returning Wednesday, November 29
  • Last year, the cheapest prices were available until about 55 days before departure (early October), averaging about $286. Between 15 - 25 days prior to departure, there were moderate increases of $1 per day. In the final two weeks, prices started spiking $10 per day.

The report comes as a series of fast-moving storms are set to potentially cause flight delays during the early part of the Thanksgiving travel period. According to the latest forecast, delays are most likely in St. Louis, Nashville, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Pittsburgh Friday night and Saturday, and in Washington, DC, New York and Boston Saturday night into Sunday.


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Source: InsureMyTrip

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