U.S. airlines expect busier travel this Thanksgiving

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Travelers wait in line at a security checkpoint at La Guardia Airport in New York November 25, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (Copyright Reuters 2016)

More travelers will fly on U.S. airlines around the Thanksgiving holiday this year than last, a trade group said on Wednesday.

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U.S. carriers are expected to fly 27.3 million passengers worldwide from Friday, Nov. 18, through Tuesday, Nov. 29, up 2.5 percent from a year earlier, Washington-based Airlines for America said.

The Sunday after Thanksgiving will likely be the busiest, with an estimated 2.81 million travelers taking to the skies, the group said.

(Reporting by Jeffrey Dastin in New York; Editing by Dan Grebler)