JULY 4 TRAVEL: This Is The Busiest Day to Fly

The AAA reports that more than 46.9 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more for July 4 celebrations, and when looking at the week of July 4th in 2017, including the weekends before and after the holiday, AirHelp found that more than 47,000 flights were disrupted, and that the Fridays before and after July 4th were the busiest travel days within this period.


Below is more data from last year’s July 4th travel period, which can help inform passengers about what to expect this year:

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) had the highest number of on-time flights
  • Travelers are eligible to claim more than $195 million in compensation from disruptions experienced during this period under European law EC 261
  • The 10 most disrupted flight routes were:
    1. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
    2. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK)
    3. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
    4. John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
    5. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
    6. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to Portland International Airport (PDX)
    7. LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to Canada’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
    8. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
    9. Orlando International Airport (MCO) to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
    10. LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

As Americans prepare to travel for July 4 this year, would you consider sharing the above data from 2017? As we look to July 4 this year, I can connect you with the AirHelp team to also discuss the following:

  • Best Days and Times to Travel for July 4 and Other Summer Holidays
  • Popular Travel Destinations for the Summer
  • How Much Money US Passengers Can Claim in Compensation From Airlines for Disrupted Flights
  • How to Understand If You’re Eligible to Claim Compensation From a Flight Delay
  • And more!
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Editorial Assistant and Fashion/Beauty Journalist Intern for Trend Prive Magazine. Has a passion for writing in fashion, trends, humanitarian, luxury, sustainable, and eco-friendly style of life.

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