If you’re planning to fly the friendly skies in order to visit family and friends this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, you’ll have plenty of company in the form of nearly 25.3 million other travelers.
The 12-day period surrounding the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday season will be the busiest for the airline industry since the great recession, according to industry trade group Airlines 4 America.
This year’s projection of 25.3 million passengers represents an increase of about 800,000 people from 2014’s estimated 24.5 million travelers.
Breaking that figure down, Airlines 4 America estimates 1.4 to 2.7 million passengers will be wandering around airports each day.
The busiest day for travel is expected to be Nov. 29, the Sunday after the big holiday, while Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving Day – will be the least crowded.
So how are carriers preparing for the influx of customers? Airlines 4 America says they’re adding seats to the tune of a 3% increase in capacity.