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Over 25 million travelers expected to fly for Thanksgiving

Ticket agents check passengers in for a flight in Terminal A at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison)
Ticket agents check passengers in for a flight in Terminal A at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison) Star-Telegram

Over 25.3 million passengers will fly somewhere for their Thanksgiving vacation, according to an industry group.

Airlines For America said the number of Thanksgiving travelers is up 3 percent compared to last year with an additional 65,000 passengers flying each day during the holiday travel period that stretches from Friday, Nov. 20 through Tuesday, Dec. 1.

“As competition continues to boost schedules and drive down airfares in 2015, customers are seeing more opportunities to fly during the holiday season,” said A4A economist John Heimlich in a statement. “Airlines are taking delivery of new, larger aircraft to accommodate the increase in passengers.”

The group expects daily passenger volumes to range from 1.4 million to 2.7 million with the busiest travel day expected on Sunday, Nov. 29.

While the 2015 traveler estimate is higher than last year, it is not higher than the 26.2 million passengers that traveled during Thanksgiving in 2006 and 2007.

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport is already preparing for the influx of thousands of travelers during the holiday period. On Wednesday, the airport announced it will charge only $10 a day for terminal parking if you arrive on November 22 or November 23 for the length of your parking stay. Usually, the airport charges $22 a day for terminal parking.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

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