Airlines try to avoid meltdowns as longer Thanksgiving travel period begins

January 11, 2023

© Steven Senne/AP Travelers enter security checkpoints at Logan International Airport in Boston on Nov. 24, 2021, the day before Thanksgiving. Less than 1 percent of flights were canceled and about a quarter were delayed in recent days, according to data from FlightAware, numbers that are comparable to the 2019 Thanksgiving travel period. Industry leaders are optimistic, saying increased hiring and fewer flights mean air carriers have staffing in place to avoid major delays and cancellations. Officials at Los Angeles International Airport created an automated Twitter account that provides updates on parking capacity every 30 minutes. Business and international travel, major sources of airline revenue, also remain down as domestic leisure trips rebound.