DFW AIRPORT (CBSDFW.COM) North Texas airports will undergo testing today during the expected increase in travel over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Four million Texans are expected to travel. According to AAA Texas, these are roughly pre-pandemic levels.
Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW) and Dallas Love Field Airport both reflect the same, anticipating about 95% of travel volume in 2019.
Experts say demand is pent-up from a difficult year in 2020, but also relief from vaccines that has helped the industry recover.
“We’re seeing travelers eager to get back there, feel comfortable hitting the skies again and traveling to see loved ones for the holidays,” said Lindsey Schwimmer, consumer travel expert at Huber.
Hopper collects data from airports nationwide, and tells CBS 11 News, DFW is expected to be the second-busiest airport in the United States this Thanksgiving week.
They estimate that Wednesday, November 24 and Sunday, November 28 are the busiest days for flying.
Schwimmer thinks this is just the beginning of what is expected to be a busy holiday season over the next few months. “We were expecting a busy travel season. On Hopper, we’ve seen a 105% increase in searches over the past month alone, just in holiday travel.”
Nationwide, TSA checkpoint numbers consistently reach two million people per day.
It is a large number of people willing to make up for lost time.
“We love her!” Traveler Tiffany Jasper Johns said. “We are going to meet our family in San Diego, spend some time in the mountains! So we are excited.”