The weak economy, including high unemployment and a drop in disposable income, cuts the number of passengers about 2% from 2010, but analytic said, that air travelers in U.S. could expect full flights over the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Air Transport Association (ATA) said in a statement, “the full planes over Thanksgiving, the busiest travel period of the year, will result from U.S. carriers cutting capacity to match lower demand and trim costs, the ATA, an industry group”.
The statement said the ATA expected about 23.2 million people will fly on U.S. carriers’ domestic and international routes over the period, the total volumes will be 12 %t below the peak reached over Thanksgiving in 2006.
The busiest days for the period are expected to be Sunday, November 27, and Monday, November 28, followed by Friday, November 18.
The ATA advises passengers to check their flight status at their carrier’s website before leaving for the airport. They also should arrive early to allow plenty of time for check-in and security screening, it said.