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51 million passengers are heading to airports this holiday season

By Jessica Plautz
December 11, 2017, 5:27:46 PM EST

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This holiday season, 51 million passengers will make their way to the airport to fly to their hopefully festive destinations on U.S. airlines, Airlines for America reported Wednesday.

If that sounds like a lot, it is: A 3.5-percent increase over last year means travelers should expect busier airports and longer waits — but hopefully no bumping of passengers.

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From December 15 to January 4, U.S. airlines have added an average of 91,000 more seats for about 80,000 more passengers expected each day compared to last year (when 49.3 million passengers took to the sky).

Airlines for America credits the increase to “an improving economy and sub-inflation airfares.”

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