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Christmas travel: How major US airlines are handling passenger demand
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A flood of Christmas travelers is expected to pass through airports nationwide as soon as this Wednesday and Thursday, kicking off the final stretch of the hectic holiday travel season.
Over 54 million people are expected to travel between Dec. 18 and Jan. 3, travel app Hopper projected. To kick off the year-end travel, over 3 million people will be departing daily on Thursday and Friday alone. United Airlines projects that travel for the year-end holidays will be busier than Thanksgiving.
However, major U.S. carriers have told FOX Business that they are prepared to handle the demand, especially after having a successful run during the Thanksgiving travel period.
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United told FOX Business that more than 8.3 million people are expected to fly with the airline during the year-end holiday travel period, an increase of 1.9 million people from last year.
During the Thanksgiving travel period, United said it flew an average of about 413,000 passengers per day. Now, it's projecting that it will see an average of about 440,000 passengers per day for year-end travel. It also expects Jan. 2 to be its busiest day with over 480,000 passengers, beating its post-COVID record of 460,000 daily passengers.