The 10 Busiest & Least Busy Airports This Thanksgiving

For many people, Thanksgiving means going to visit your family. If you’re lucky, they’re within a couple hours’ drive or train ride. But for the rest of us, it means trekking to the airport, waiting in line, praying you don’t have to deal with a full-body scanner or a pat-down, and then hoping you can still make it to your gate in time. And depending on which airports you’re flying in and out of this weekend, you could be in for a very long wait.

The Air Transport Association of America expects an 3.5% uptick in Thanksgiving travel this Thanksgiving, with 24 million people flying in the U.S. during the last two weeks of November.

Orbitz.com has released its lists of the top 10 busiest and least busy airports in the U.S. for this Thanksgiving travel period (11/23-11/29) and once again Chicago’s O’Hare reigns supreme, with over 20% more flight traffic than the second-place finisher, Los Angeles International.

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All three of the New York City airports made the top 10 list with La Guardia the busiest in the the Big Apple this Thanksgiving.

While O’Hare is the busiest airport, its South Side counterpart, Chicago Midway, is the fourth least-busy airport this year. The honor for least-busy goes to Akron/Canton Regional in Ohio.

Orbitz Insider Index Reveals the Busiest Airports for Thanksgiving [Orbitz]