Nearly Three­- Quarters of Americans Plan to Travel for the Holidays

CHICAGO, Nov. 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) ­­ The three busiest airports for Thanksgiving and Christmas are expected to be
Chicago O’ Hare International (ORD), Harts-field­Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) and Los Angeles International (LAX), based on the Orbitz® Insider Index, which analyzed® flight booking data for the top 50 U.S. airports during the holiday season.

“Travelers have come to rely upon the busiest airport rankings from to better navigate the holiday travel season. This year, we’ve analyzed data not only for Thanksgiving but also for Christmas in order to arm people with information to help them better prepare for departure,” said Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor at “Travelers looking to avoid the crowds and long lines should consider flying on off­-peak days like Thanksgiving Day or booking airfare to alternative airports in the busiest regions, like John Wayne International in nearby Orange County instead of LAX.”

According to the 2016 holiday survey, 73 percent of Americans plan to travel for either Thanksgiving or Christmas.1 As always during the holiday season, travelers should anticipate long lines and packed flights. In particular, flights from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Los Angeles International (LAX) will likely be the most congested during Thanksgiving. While travel from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Denver International Airport (DEN) will likely be the most crowded during Christmas.



201631Atlanta Hartsfield­-Jackson InternationalAtlanta, Ga.ATL6Denver InternationalDenver, Colo.DENFor the most up­-to-­date information on holiday travel and the latest deals visit From the September 2016 Orbitz University of Wisconsin US Traveler Compass study. Orbitz and the University of Wisconsin Business School’s US Traveler Compass Study surveyed 711 adults 18­64 who are leisure travelers about their future travel intent.This study is done using Google Consumer Surveys.
2 Busiest airports data based on standalone air ticket bookings to top 50 airports with arrivals and departures between Nov. 23­26, 2016.
3 Busiest airports data based on standalone air ticket bookings to top 50 airports with arrivals and departures between Dec. 22 – 28, 2016.

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1 Chicago O’Hare International Chicago, Ill. ORD
2 Atlanta Hartsfield­-Jackson International Atlanta, Ga. ATL
3 Los Angeles International Los Angeles, Calif. LAX
4 Denver International Denver, Colo. DEN
5 Dallas­-Fort Worth International Dallas, Texas DFW
6 Charlotte­Douglas International Charlotte, N.C. CLT
7 Newark Liberty International Newark, N.J. EWR
8 Houston George Bush Intercontinental Houston, Texas IAH
9 San Francisco International San Francisco, Calif. SFO
10 John F. Kennedy International New York, N.Y. JFK
2 Chicago O’Hare International Chicago, Ill. ORD 3
Los Angeles International
Los Angeles, Calif. LAX 4
Charlotte­-Douglas International
Charlotte, N.C. CLT 5
Dallas­-Fort Worth Inte