Holidays gift wrap a boon for the airlines

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Airfarewatchdog.com, a resource for consumer travelers seeking airfare deals and expert money-saving tips, just released the results of a poll of more than 1,300 travelers, asking them if they will be flying for this holiday season. Almost half (46%) plan to take to the skies—up 53% from 2016 and almost double from 2015.

US airline trade organization, Airlines for America, concurs. According to their data, during the 21-day holiday travel period starting Dec. 16, 45.2 million travelers will fly on U.S.-based airlines, prompting airlines to add extra flights or bigger planes to serve the travel surge.

In a report from the Chicago Tribune, Airlines for America predicts that the busiest airports during the holiday period should be Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

To accommodate the increased demand, airlines are expected to add 99,000 extra seats a day during the holiday season, a 3.9 percent increase. Read the full story here.

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