Busiest airports for Thanksgiving 2009

Thanksgiving weekend is coming up this Thursday 26 November 2009 already. Thanksgiving is the busiest travel period in the United States and anyone on the road or in the air should be giving themselves lots of extra time, because everywhere is more packed than usual. And especially if you're traveling through one of the following 10 airports, as they're the busiest of all:

  1. Chicago, IL – Chicago O’Hare International (ORD)
  2. Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles International (LAX)
  3. Denver, CO – Denver International (DEN)
  4. San Francisco, CA – San Francisco International (SFO)
  5. Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport (ATL)
  6. Boston, MA – Boston Logan International (BOS)
  7. New York, NY – New York LaGuardia (LGA)
  8. New York, NY – New York John F. Kennedy International (JFK)
  9. Newark, NJ – New York Newark International (EWR)
  10. Seattle, WA – Seattle Tacoma International (SEA)

Those aren't the only busy airports around though, and at the end are the following 40 airports that get hammered hard this coming week.



However, another bunch of airports aren't as busy, and if you're making last minute travel plans, you should consider them:

  • San Jose, CA – San Jose International (SJC)
  • Nashville, TN – Nashville International (BNA)
  • Richmond, VA – Richmond International (RIC)
  • Sacramento, CA – Sacramento International (SMF)
  • Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville International (JAX)
  • West Palm Beach, FL – Palm Beach International (PBI)
  • Hartford, CT – Bradley International (BDL)
  • Orange County, CA – John Wayne International (SNA)
  • Cincinnati, OH – Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International (CVG)
  • Fort Myers, FL – Southwest Florida Regional (RSW)

And here's the rest of the very busy airports for Thanksgiving 2009:

  • Dallas, TX – Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW)
  • Orlando, FL – Orlando International (MCO)
  • Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia International (PHL)
  • Minneapolis, MN – Minneapolis International (MSP)
  • Phoenix, AZ – Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX)
  • Washington, DC – Washington Ronald Reagan (DCA)
  • Detroit, MI – Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW)
  • Las Vegas, NV – Las Vegas McCarran International (LAS)
  • Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Douglas International (CLT)
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL – Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International (FLL)
  • Washington, DC – Washington Dulles International (IAD)
  • Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Washington International (BWI)
  • Miami, FL – Miami International (MIA)
  • Houston, TX  – Houston George Bush International (IAH)
  • Tampa, FL – Tampa International (TPA)
  • San Diego, CA  – San Diego International (SAN)
    • If you’re attending major San Diego events, you can expect the city’s airport to be very busy during those times.
  • Raleigh, NC – Raleigh-Durham International (RDU)
  • Portland, OR – Portland International (PDX)
  • Milwaukee, WI – General Mitchell International (MKE)
  • Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake City International (SLC)
  • Pittsburgh, PA – Pittsburgh International (PIT)
  • Indianapolis, IN – Indianapolis International (IND)
  • Kansas City, MO – Kansas City International (MCI)
  • St Louis, MO – St. Louis Lambert International (STL)
  • Honolulu, HI – Honolulu International (HNL)
  • Austin, TX – Austin-Bergstrom International (AUS)
  • Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Hopkins International (CLE)
  • Columbus, OH – Port Columbus International (CMH)
  • San Antonio, TX – San Antonio International (SAT)
  • New Orleans, LA – Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY)
  • Fort Myers, FL – Southwest Florida Regional (RSW)
  • Cincinnati, OH – Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International (CVG)
  • Orange County, CA – John Wayne International (SNA)
  • Hartford, CT – Bradley International (BDL)
  • West Palm Beach, FL – Palm Beach International (PBI)
  • Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville International (JAX)
  • Sacramento, CA – Sacramento International (SMF)
  • Richmond, VA – Richmond International (RIC)
  • Nashville, TN – Nashville International (BNA)
  • San Jose, CA – San Jose International (SJC)

And for everyone this weekend, whether traveling or staying at home, have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Last updated by Jack on 02 December, 2010 in Travel.

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Comments

O'Hare can be bad anytime, I wouldn't want to be passing through there this coming week. The roads also get terrible. It's a hectic travel week in the US.

Anil on 21 November, 2009

Definitely true, though I've mostly had good luck at O'Hare. Now, JFK, St. Louis, Austin... not so good!

Jack on 21 November, 2009

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