Like the turkey at Thanksgiving dinner, airplanes carrying holiday travelers are likely to be stuffed.
Airline managers in Oklahoma City say flights will be filled to capacity for most of the week leading up to and the days after Thanksgiving, said Karen Carney, spokeswoman for Will Rogers World Airport. The airport's busiest days are expected to be Friday, theWednesday before and the Sunday and Monday after the holiday.
“We also anticipate more people traveling on nontraditional days such as the Tuesday before and the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.”
Fares are up but that hasn't stopped people from booking flights, said Rick Seaney, a travel expert and owner of the website farecompare.com. He said travelers are paying 7 to 8 percent more for tickets than they did a year ago.
And though the Air Transport Association predicts 2 percent fewer travelers, airline capacity is down 3 percent to 5 percent, Seaney said.
“There are fewer seats, so it's going to be packed,” he said.
This time of year, Carney said, there are more leisure travelers who aren't experienced fliers, including families, students, seniors and large groups. This often slows the line at the checkpoint. So does having more people in coats and jackets and carrying on luggage to avoid bag fees.