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Orbitz: Busiest US Airports For Thanksgiving

Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:40 pm

Orbitz is out with its annual projections for travel demand this holiday season.

Based on booking data at the nations 50 largest airports, Orbitz has identified what it forecast to be the most and least-busy ones for travel between Nov. 21 and Nov. 26, 2012.

Busiest:
1. ORD
2. LAX
3. SFO
4. LGA
5. BOS
6. JFK
7. MCO
8. DEN
9. DCA
10.FLL


And if you are looking to beat the crowds, then head to these airports below.

Least Busy:
1. BUF
2. JAX
3. BNA
4. SMF
5. BDL


Press release with full list:
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-relea...anksgiving-airports-177841111.html

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RE: Orbitz: Busiest US Airports For Thanksgiving

Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:53 pm

No ATL? Seems kinda strange, unless they were just looking at O&D.
 
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RE: Orbitz: Busiest US Airports For Thanksgiving

Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:01 pm

Quoting kngkyle (Reply 1):
No ATL? Seems kinda strange, unless they were just looking at O&D.

I didn't see where it explicitly said O&D, but I am assuming they are referring to O&D. Not included in the top ten are significant hubs like ATL, DFW, DTW, IAH, yet MCO, DCA, and FLL make the list. Also, hubs CLE and SLC fall towards the bottom of the list (Orbitz says they included the top 50 airports based on arrivals & dep in the country, so the bottom of the list is 41-50).
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RE: Orbitz: Busiest US Airports For Thanksgiving

Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:05 pm

If it is O&D the list is no surprise. If you combined the three NYC area airports you'd probably just see a nice correlation between airport and market size.

The only airport on the list that really seemed odd was DCA.
 
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RE: Orbitz: Busiest US Airports For Thanksgiving

Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:09 pm

Quoting LAXintl (Thread starter):
Press release with full list:

Sorry but I could not find the full list. IS there a link somewhere in the article for that that I missed?

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RE: Orbitz: Busiest US Airports For Thanksgiving

Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:03 pm

Quoting Delimit (Reply 3):
The only airport on the list that really seemed odd was DCA.

There are many young, modern, upscale DCers who don't own automobiles, and for them DCA is the only choice. DCA also seems to be the airport of choice for DC-area people who fly the family only over the holidays.

But with NK now at BWI, I don't know what the improvised-luggage / backpack folks are going to do
 
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RE: Orbitz: Busiest US Airports For Thanksgiving

Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:17 pm

Quoting kgaiflyer (Reply 5):

You can still take the bus to BWI from the Red Line rail (If I remember the right rail line correctly.)

Soon, there will be a rail line going to IAD from what I see on the WAMATA rail map.
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RE: Orbitz: Busiest US Airports For Thanksgiving

Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:34 pm

Quoting kgaiflyer (Reply 5):
There are many young, modern, upscale DCers who don't own automobiles, and for them DCA is the only choice. DCA also seems to be the airport of choice for DC-area people who fly the family only over the holidays.

Sure. I guess I was just surprised that IAD still doesn't carry a larger share of DC's traffic than DCA. I mean, I would always prefer to fly into DCA, but I was just surprised that the slot limitations didn't push more traffic to Dulles.
 
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RE: Orbitz: Busiest US Airports For Thanksgiving

Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:52 pm

Quoting Delimit (Reply 3):
The only airport on the list that really seemed odd was DCA.

I would guess (pure speculation) that DC has one of the highest levels of workers who don't actually live in or near the city, especially when you include Congress and all of their staff.
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RE: Orbitz: Busiest US Airports For Thanksgiving

Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:00 am

Yes its O&D.

Basically they come up with such a list each season based on booking trends for most popular origin and destination airports.

Quoting SANFan (Reply 4):
Sorry but I could not find the full list. IS there a link somewhere in the article for that that I missed?

Sadly they seems to have edited the release, and trimmed it down to solely top 10 and bottom 10 airports now.

If you are really curious for the full 50 list, I'd contact the Orbitz media department. Should not be hard to get.
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RE: Orbitz: Busiest US Airports For Thanksgiving

Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:20 am

I find it hard to believe CLE is so far down the list!
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RE: Orbitz: Busiest US Airports For Thanksgiving

Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:06 am

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 6):
You can still take the bus to BWI from the Red Line rail (If I remember the right rail line correctly.)

Or take the MARC train to/from the BWI Airport station like I did in September.

How is FLL there, but not MIA?
 
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RE: Orbitz: Busiest US Airports For Thanksgiving

Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:25 am

Quoting OB1504 (Reply 11):
How is FLL there, but not MIA?

The list only considers O&D. Miami has a lot of connecting traffic with AA, and a lot more international traffic which likely doesn't experience an increase from thanksgiving. Whereas FLL is more O&D centric.

That's my guess at least.
 
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RE: Orbitz: Busiest US Airports For Thanksgiving

Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:19 pm

Assuming that holiday travelers are more likely to be younger relatives going "home" to visit older relatives than the reverse and assuming that these younger relatives are more likely to have moved south or west than north or east (considering the population growth of the south and west compared to the north and east), is anyone aware of pre-holiday travel being slightly skewed to northbound/eastbound while post-holiday travel is slightly skewed to southbound/westbound?
 
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RE: Orbitz: Busiest US Airports For Thanksgiving

Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:53 pm

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 9):
I find it hard to believe CLE is so far down the list!

Eh, considering we're so close to so many places driving-distance wise, and the weather hasn't turned so far south yet that everyone wants to jump ship and fly away... kinda makes sense to me. Also makes a great case for the hub, I think, because it means a relatively easy connection vs. the fortresses.
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RE: Orbitz: Busiest US Airports For Thanksgiving

Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:06 pm

Quoting MountainFlyer (Reply 8):
I would guess (pure speculation) that DC has one of the highest levels of workers who don't actually live in or near the city, especially when you include Congress and all of their staff.

Congress plus staffers constitutes, at most, two or three thousand people in a metropolitan area of millions.

Quoting Delimit (Reply 7):
Sure. I guess I was just surprised that IAD still doesn't carry a larger share of DC's traffic than DCA. I mean, I would always prefer to fly into DCA, but I was just surprised that the slot limitations didn't push more traffic to Dulles.

For those who live in the city or along the Blue, Yellow, and even some places on the Orange line in VA, it can be faster in total time to connect out of DCA than fly nonstop from IAD. It's also more predictable in terms of time to get to DCA; Dulles varies vastly depending on traffic, and I think this just annoys people. Once you're on board with connecting, the slots don't really matter much, as there are adequate flights to at least one major hub of every large carrier.

Quoting kgaiflyer (Reply 5):
There are many young, modern, upscale DCers who don't own automobiles, and for them DCA is the only choice.

There's always the 5A bus, or friends with cars. Seen them on the bus, been that friend. I think the "upscale" is the most important part of that sentence. I'd rather spend $50-70 extra to fly from DCA than drive myself to Dulles, park my car (or inconvenience one of my friends), or take a $50 cab ride. When I made less money, that calculation was different.
 
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RE: Orbitz: Busiest US Airports For Thanksgiving

Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:13 pm

Quoting MountainFlyer (Reply 8):
Quoting Delimit (Reply 3):The only airport on the list that really seemed odd was DCA.

I would guess (pure speculation) that DC has one of the highest levels of workers who don't actually live in or near the city, especially when you include Congress and all of their staff.

But the entire federal enterprise is fairly spread out over DC, central Maryland, and northern Virginia -- why the DC area has three airports. But DC itself has half-a-million people living in a geographic area the size of a bath mat. It's the density that sends the numbers to DCA.
 
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RE: Orbitz: Busiest US Airports For Thanksgiving

Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:22 pm

Even if it is O&D alone, I am somewhat surprised that EWR didn't make it into tens top 10.

Re DCA, the DC area has one of the largest "out of state" local populations of any metropolitan area in the country. A lot of people from elsewhere move to DC to be in DC for work (and not just Congress, executive agencies - for example - attract applicants from all over the country). Mom and the cousins are back in NYC, Chicago or wherever, so I'm not at all surprised that DCA has a high number of travellers over Thanksgiving.
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RE: Orbitz: Busiest US Airports For Thanksgiving

Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:42 pm

Is this list by passengers per square meter of floor space? That seems to be the trend among the airports...

Quoting LAXintl (Thread starter):
2. LAX

Which is why I'm flying out of LGB for the holiday.   

Quoting LAXintl (Thread starter):
5. BOS

roh roh... That is my destination.

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