US Thanksgiving holiday air travel to increase in 2012

07 November 2012 21:27  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Nearly 24m passengers will fly during the 2012 US Thanksgiving holiday season, which is an increase of 150,000 people year on year, an industry trade organisation said on Wednesday.

The number of passengers travelling before and after the 22 November holiday is expected to be slightly higher than last year.  However, the expected number of Thanksgiving holiday travellers is about 10% lower than in the peak travel years of 2006-2007, according to the Airlines for America (A4A).

Furthermore, planes are expected to be close to 90% full as carriers continue to more closely match available seats to demand in order to help offset higher fuel costs, A4A said.

According to A4A, jet fuel costs have averaged $3.08/gal for 2012, which is higher than the 2011 record high of $3/gal.

A4A said that the overall Thanksgiving travel period is from 16-27 November.

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