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Thanksgiving travel: United Airlines expects busiest day since start of pandemic

United Airlines said on Wednesday that it expects to serve 5.5 million passengers during the Thanksgiving travel period, up about 12% over the same time last year.

The carrier will operate more than 3,700 flights on average each day from Nov. 18-30.

United forecasts it will carry about as many passengers over the holiday as the pre-pandemic period in 2019.

United also predicted that the Sunday after Thanksgiving will be its busiest travel day since before the pandemic, with an estimate of over 460,000 passengers. The airline added about 275 flights to Sunday's schedule to help accommodate the demand.

The Transportation Security Administration said it screened 14.9 million passengers during the week ending Tuesday.

In a new forecast, AAA said the number of people traveling during Thanksgiving is expected to rise to just shy of pre-pandemic levels.

The auto club said 4.5 million Americans are expected to fly during the year's long holiday weekend, a nearly 8% increase over 2021.

According to AAA, that's an uptick of more than 330,000 travelers and nearly 99% of the 2019 volume.

"Airport parking spaces fill up fast, so reserve a spot ahead of time and arrive early," Paula Twidale, AAA’s senior vice president of travel, said in a statement. "Anticipate long TSA lines. If possible, avoid checking a bag to allow for more flexibility if flights are delayed or you need to reschedule."

This article originally appeared on Fox Business News

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