O'Hare and LAX Top Orbitz List of Busiest Thanksgiving Airports

       O'Hare and LAX Top Orbitz List of Busiest Thanksgiving Airports

Orbitz experts share first-hand insight into Superstorm Sandy's impact on
local hotels and what travelers can expect heading to the Northeast over the
Thanksgiving holiday

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Nov. 8, 2012

CHICAGO, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Chicago O'Hare (ORD) and Los Angeles
International (LAX) will see the biggest crowds of any U.S. airports over the
Thanksgiving holiday, according to new data from Orbitz (www.orbitz.com). The
Orbitz Thanksgiving Insider Index analyzed booking data from the top 50 U.S.
airports to find the locations where flyers will flock to head home for the
holidays. Additionally, the Index used booking data to identify the least-busy
airport options, where in some cases travelers can trade a little more time in
the car for far smaller crowds in the terminal.

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"We talk all the time about using alternative airports when it comes to
finding a better price, but those tertiary options can also be a huge time
saver when you are traveling during peak periods like Thanksgiving," said
Jeanenne Tornatore, senior travel editor for Orbitz.com. "Look at Southern
California, LAX is the second-busiest airport in the country over
Thanksgiving, but just 40 miles away you have John Wayne, which is No. 8 on
Orbitz least-busy airports list. With booking tools on sites like Orbitz
making it so easy to compare airport options, taking some extra time to
research your alternatives can really help you beat the crowds during the
holidays." 

Most/Least-Busy Thanksgiving Airports
The Insider Index reviewed the top 50 U.S. airports based on flight bookings,
and identifies those that will be the most and least-busy for travel between
Nov. 21 and Nov. 26, 2012. Highlights of this year's Index include:

  oFor the third straight year Chicago O'Hare and Los Angeles International
    are the nation's busiest Thanksgiving airports, though this year O'Hare
    edged out LAX to reclaim the top spot from 2010
  oNewark Liberty and Seattle-Tacoma dropped off the busiest airports list in
    2012, while Ronald Regan National (Washington D.C.) and Ft. Lauderdale
    International moved into the bottom two spots on the top 10
  oSan Francisco International moved up one spot to No. 3, while last year's
    third-busiest airport (Orlando International) dropped down five spots to
    No. 8
  oBuffalo Niagara will be the least-busy of the nation's top 50 airports,
    followed by Jacksonville International and Nashville International
  oTravelers leaving the busy San Francisco or Ft. Lauderdale areas can beat
    the crowds about an hour north at Sacramento International and Palm Beach
    International – number four and number six on the least-busy list

Orbitz Insider Index: Busiest Airports for Thanksgiving 2012^1

2012                                                   Airport 2011
     Airport Name                  Location/Market
Rank                                                   Code    Rank
1    Chicago O'Hare International  Chicago, IL         ORD     2
2    Los Angeles International     Los Angeles, CA     LAX     1
3    San Francisco International   San Francisco, CA   SFO     4
4    New York LaGuardia            New York, NY        LGA     6
5    Boston Logan International    Boston, MA   BOS     5
6    John F. Kennedy International New York, NY        JFK     8
7    Orlando International         Orlando, FL         MCO     3
8    Denver International          Denver, CO          DEN     7
9    Ronald Regan National         Washington, DC      DCA     13
10   Ft. Lauderdale International  Fort Lauderdale, FL FLL     15

Orbitz Insider Index: Top 10 Least-Busy Thanksgiving Airports^2

2012                                                    Airport
     Airport Name                    Location
Rank                                                    Code
1    Buffalo Niagara International   Buffalo, NY        BUF
2    Jacksonville International      Jacksonville, FL   JAX
3    Nashville International         Nashville, TN      BNA
4    Sacramento International        Sacramento, CA     SMF
5    Bradley International           Hartford, CT       BDL
6    Palm Beach International        Palm Beach, FL     PBI
7    Cleveland Hopkins International Cleveland, OH      CLE
8    John Wayne Airport              Santa Ana, CA      SNA
9    San Antonio International       San Antonio, TX    SAT
10   Salt Lake City International    Salt Lake City, UT SLC

^1Busiest airport data based on all Orbitz.com air ticket bookings (standalone
and as part of a package) to the top 50 airports with arrivals and departures
between Nov. 21 and Nov. 26, 2012.
^2Least busy airports data based on all Orbitz.com air ticket bookings
(standalone and as part of a package) to the top 50 airports with arrivals and
departures between Nov. 21 and Nov. 26, 2012.

Peak Travel Periods
Orbitz also analyzed booking data to identify exactly when travelers will be
flying over the holiday. As expected, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving will
be the peak departure day and will see more than twice as many flyers as on
Thanksgiving Day itself. On the return side, it will be 16 percent busier to
fly back on Sunday (November 25^th) versus heading home on Monday (November
26th).

Thanksgiving Travel Post-Superstorm Sandy
Orbitz travel experts in the New York/New Jersey area have seen the impacts of
Superstorm Sandy first-hand and say hotel bookings around New York City spiked
to yearly highs the day after the storm hit, as people turned to local hotels
to escape widespread flooding and power-outages.

"It was amazing to watch the hotels that didn't lose power respond when the
storm hit and provide those basic necessities like hot showers and warm beds
to those left with no place to stay," said Michael Anthony, Orbitz Regional
Manager for Metro New York. "Over the last few days we've really seen New York
City spring back to life, Broadway shows have resumed, the Empire State
Building and Rockefeller Plaza have reopened. While there are still places in
the area that are recovering, for the most part, people heading to popular
tourist and business areas of the New York area for Thanksgiving should expect
things to be business as usual."

On top of Sandy's aftermath, Winter Storm Athena is hitting the northeast and
could cause a delay in Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. However, Orbitz
experts say travelers heading in and out of areas impacted by Superstorm Sandy
over Thanksgiving can expect all major airports to be up and running, though
travelers should prepare for normal delays associated with busy holiday
travel. While the majority of hotels in the region have resumed typical
operations, including Atlantic City, there are areas such as Jersey City,
Hoboken and the Jersey Shore where power outages persist and recovery is
moving more slowly. Orbitz travel experts advise those heading to hotels in
the tri-state region of greater New York to take the time to contact the
property, confirm their reservation and transportation access, and find out
that hotel's cancellation policy in case they need to rebook their stay.

About Orbitz.com
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and easy for consumers to compare flights, rental cars and vacation packages.
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