Orbitz makes this forecast for people who will be flying over Thanksgiving: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will be the busiest in the nation and John Wayne Airport (SNA) among the least-crowded.
second year that LAX was predicted to be the top airport based on
passenger volume. Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and JFK
(JFK) in New York City came in next, followed by San Francisco
International (SFO) and Boston Logan International (BOS).
seeing the same high-traffic holiday destinations this year as we did
last with only two newcomers to the busiest airports list," said
Jeanenne Tornatore, Orbitz's senior travel editor. "Thankfully, there
are a number of new additions to the Least Busy Airports lists, with
several offering alternative options to large metro areas."
in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Syracuse, N.Y., are forecast to be the
least busy, followed by John Wayne in the No. 3 spot, and airports in
Florida cities of West Palm Beach and Oakland.
America, a trade organization for U.S. carriers, predicts 24.6 million
fliers will take to the skies from Nov. 21 through Dec. 2. It says
busiest days will be the Sunday (Nov. 30) and Monday (Dec. 1) after
Thanksgiving and the day before (Nov. 26).
So what should you do
if you're flying in or out of the busy airports? Plan ahead and allow
plenty of time for your trip to or from the airport. Here are some more
-- Check in for your flight online before you get to the
airport, and sign up for electronic alerts that will keep you apprised
of the status of your flight.
-- Make sure your carry-on bag
meets your airlines' guidelines and doesn't contain anything that could
slow you down through airport security. (Travel light if you want to
save on airline fees for checked baggage.)
-- Arrive at the
airport two hours before domestic flights and three hours before
international flights if you're traveling during peak hours. At LAX,
those hours are 6 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 7 to 11 p.m.
Enroll in the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck Program
to get through airport security more quickly. PreCheck travelers keep
their shoes and coats on and aren't required to remove liquids and
laptops from their carry-on bag. It costs $85 to enroll.