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This year, if you’re traveling through Chicago O’ Hare International (ORD), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) or Los Angeles International (LAX) for the holidays, you’ll get to experience firsthand one of the country’s top three airports—for crowds, that is. According to the Orbitz® Insider Index, which analyzed® flight booking data for the top 50 U.S. airports, Chicago, Atlanta and LA ranked as the busiest for Christmas.

“Travelers have come to rely upon the busiest airport rankings from to better navigate the holiday travel season. This year, we’ve analyzed data not only for Thanksgiving, but also for Christmas in order to arm people with information to help them better prepare for departure,” said Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor at “Travelers looking to avoid the crowds and long lines should consider flying on off-peak days or booking airfare to an alternative airport in the region like John Wayne International in nearby Orange County instead of LAX.”


Left to right: Flickr CC: Wen Jun Lim, Prayitno, Erc Salard

Left to right: Flickr CC: Wen Jun Lim, Prayitno, Erc Salard

According to the 2016 holiday survey, 73 percent of Americans plan to travel for either Thanksgiving or Christmas.1 As always during the holiday season, travelers should anticipate long lines and packed flights. In particular, travel from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Denver International Airport (DEN) will likely be the most crowded during Christmas.



1 Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Atlanta, Ga. ATL
2 Chicago O’Hare International Chicago, Ill. ORD
3 Los Angeles International Los Angeles, Calif. LAX
4 Charlotte-Douglas International Charlotte, N.C. CLT
5 Dallas-Fort Worth International Dallas, Texas DFW
6 Denver International Denver, Colo. DEN
7 John F. Kennedy International New York, N.Y. JFK
8 Seattle-Tacoma International Seattle, Wash. SEA
9 Phoenix Sky Harbor International Phoenix, Ariz. PHX
10 Orlando International Orlando, Fla. MCO


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