Atlanta airport expects more travelers this year

ATLANTA (AP) - Despite the economy, officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport are predicting a slight increase in airline passengers this Thanksgiving over last year.

Airport spokesman John Kennedy said Wednesday the airport
expects 1.7 million travelers between now and Monday, up from 1.65
million last year.

Kennedy said with airlines cutting capacity by about 2 percent this holiday season, that means flights will be more full.

But Atlanta's airport may be alone.

Experts say most people are sticking close to home this holiday season with the sluggish economy.

The Automobile Association of America says the 41 million Americans expected to take trips at least 50 miles for Thanksgiving is about 600,000 less than traveled last Thanksgiving.


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