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Airlines expect 3.5 percent increase in holiday passenger traffic

9:01 am Dec. 7, 2017

U.S. airlines expect to handle 51 million passengers over the holiday season from Dec. 15 through Jan. 4, according to an airline industry group.

Airlines for America said that’s up 3.5 percent year-over-year. The group counts Dec. 15 through Jan. 4 as the holiday travel period.

The busiest days of the 21-day period will be Thursday Dec. 21, Friday Dec. 22 and Tuesday Dec. 26. The lightest travel days