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What are the top ten busiest US airports this holiday season?

Travelling this holiday season? A new study has revealed the top ten busiest airports in the United States around the Thanksgiving and Christmas periods.

Chicago O'Hare topped the list as the busiest airport for Thanksgiving travel.
Chicago O’Hare topped the list as the busiest airport for Thanksgiving travel. Image by Versello

The survey was carried out by Orbitz Insider Index and saw Chicago O’Hare International Airport topping the list, followed by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International and Los Angeles International. The study analysed the flight booking data of the top 50 airports in America to discover where would be the most crowded this winter. The website even offered some helpful advice to passengers, with Orbitz.com Senior Editor Jeanenne Tornatore saying, “Travellers looking to avoid the crowds and long lines should consider flying on off-peak days like Thanksgiving Day or booking airfare to an alternative airport region like John Wayne International in nearby Orange County instead of LAX”.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport proved to be the busiest during Christmas while coming in in second position for Thanksgiving.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport proved to be the busiest during Christmas while coming in in second position for Thanksgiving. Image by Charlie Lee

The data also revealed that a staggering 73% of Americans plan to travel for Thanksgiving or Christmas, with Denver International, Dallas-Fort Worth International and Charlotte-Douglas International also being featured in the list for top ten busiest airports around the holidays. The full breakdown of busiest airports for Thanksgiving and Christmas is listed below.

Busiest Airports for Thanksgiving 2016

RANK AIRPORT NAME LOCATION/MARKET AIRPORT CODE
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 Charlotte-Douglas 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

 


Busiest Airports for Christmas 2016

RANK AIRPORT NAME LOCATION/MARKET AIRPORT CODE
1 Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Atlanta, Ga. ATL

 

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 International Dallas, Texas DFW

 

6 Denver International Denver, Colo. DEN

 

7 John F. Kennedy International New York, N.Y. JFK

 

8 Seattle-Tacoma International Seattle, Wash. SEA

 

9 Phoenix Sky Harbor International Phoenix, Ariz. PHX

 

10 Orlando International Orlando, Fla. ORD