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    16.1 million people will be flying for Labor Day

    By Jess McHugh
    August 23, 2017, 4:29:49 PM EDT

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    Airlines are bracing for a busy weekend of Labor Day travel, and passengers should get ready, too.

    An estimated 16.1 million passengers are expected to take to the skies from Wednesday, August 30 to Tuesday September 5, according to trade group Airlines for America.

    This year's expected number of travelers is up from 15.4 million passengers last year.

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    Anyone planning to spend their Labor Day weekend camping, on the beach, or otherwise traveling isn't completely out of luck, however. There are certain travel dates that are more crowded than others, and anyone traveling last minute can be aware of them to plan accordingly.

    The heaviest day for travel will be Friday, followed by Thursday, and the lightest day is projected to be Sunday, according to the same Airlines for America release. Travelers can beat some of the crowds by leaving Wednesday or Thursday and coming back Sunday.

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