Airports are part and parcel of travel in the 21st century, and though they’ve been spiffed up, modernized, and Wolfgang Puck-ed, their pain points remain—long security lines, expensive sandwiches, and the inevitable delays that come in several shapes, sizes, and forms. Bad news, everyone: Things are only getting worse around the holidays, and as we inch closer to Turkey Day, there’s one day in particular that will probably leave you more meltdown-prone than the year’s other 364.
According to Skyscanner, on average, November 19 will be the busiest day for air travel around Thanksgiving: in its findings, the global travel search reported that travelers flying through U.S. airports on this day will be twice the average in November. “We are looking at a potentially record-breaking travel season for Thanksgiving, with travelers taking advantage of the short workweek to get away for a longer period of time,” said Randi Wolfson, Head of Communications for the Americas, Skyscanner, in a statement. Cringing yet? Based on Skyscanner data, here’s what you can expect from select high-traffic areas and airports across the country:
JFK, LGA, EWR, PHL: (Nobody’s favorite) LaGuardia will experience three times the average traffic on November 19, while JFK, Newark and Philadelphia will see twice their average.
ORD, MDW: Both Chicago O’Hare and Midway will see slightly two times the average traffic.
MIA, FLL: Miami and Fort Lauderdale are also equally busy on that day, with two times the average traffic.
BWI, DCA, IAD: Ronald Regan Washington National airport will be more than three times busier, while Washington Dulles and Baltimore/Washington are just 1.7 times over the average.
DFW, DAL: Both airports will be busy, with DFW at two times the average, but Dallas Love Field at 1.7 times over the average.
Greater Los Angeles
LAX, ONT, SNA, BUR: John Wayne Airport is the busiest during this timeframe, with more than three times the average number of travelers, while Burbank and LAX will face twice the traffic. Travelers, take note: Ontario is your best bet, with the least increased traffic over average.
SFO, OAK, SJC: All Bay Area area airports look to be two times the average.
HOU, IAH: Houston has a different busier day: Monday, November 21 is the busiest day for Hobby Airport at three times the average, while George Bush is two times the average on Sunday, November 20th.
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