The US Air Transport Assn. expects 43.6 million passengers to travel on US carriers over the Christmas-New Year holidays, up approximately 3% from the 42.3 million passengers estimated to have flown during the same period in 2009. ATA projects daily passenger volumes will range from 1.7 million to 2.3 million during the period. The busiest days are expected to be Dec. 21-23, Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 2 and 3, based on sample data from 2009. On the busiest days, average load factors may ...

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