US airlines expect Thanksgiving travel to rise 2.5 percent

Grand Central Station
FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2015 file photo, people move about Grand Central Station in New York. According to AAA, 42 million traveled somewhere to celebrate Thanksgiving. Tens of millions of Americans returning home after the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend Sunday have cooperative weather and mostly efficient airport operations to thank for smooth traveling conditions. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

The nation’s leading airlines are confident they can handle higher Thanksgiving travel this year partly because more people have signed up for quick-screening programs that are designed to keep airport security lines moving.

An airline trade group said Wednesday that about 27.3 million people will fly on U.S. airlines over a 12-day period that starts Nov. 18 and ends the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

That’s up 2.5 percent from last year.

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