Orlando International expects increase in Thanksgiving travel

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Orlando International expects increase in Thanksgiving travel insurance

Thanksgiving travel at Orlando International Airport is expected to increase 9.4 percent over the 2015 holiday, according to airport leaders.

The Saturday after Thanksgiving will be the busiest travel day, with an estimated 133,905 travelers moving through the airport.

Orlando International leaders define the Thanksgiving holiday travel period as Nov. 17 through Nov. 28, the Monday after the holiday.

A total 1.4 million passengers are expected at Orlando International during that period, according to airport officials. Rounding out the top three busiest travel days were Saturday with 132,871 passengers and Nov. 27, the Sunday after the holiday, with an estimated 125,847 travelers.

Thanksgiving will be the slowest travel day, with 95,029 people flying.

Earlier this week, auto club AAA said this Thanksgiving will be the busiest for nationwide travel since 2007, with 48.7 million Americans expected to travel at least 50 miles from their home this year.

The number of travelers is expected to increase by 1 million people compared to last year, AAA said Tuesday. AAA defines the holiday travel period as Nov. 23 through Nov. 27.

Orlando is ranked as the No. 4 travel destination in the nation, according to AAA.com bookings, coming in between San Diego, Calif., and New York City.

Nearly 3.7 million Americans will fly to their destination, said AAA, an increase of 1.6 percent.