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Thanksgiving: Delta Set to Fly Over 5 Million Customers


The Thanksgiving holiday period is expected to return to levels not seen since before the COVID-19 pandemic, with Delta anticipating at least 5.6 million passengers from November 19-30.

To support customers, Delta has increased staffing levels across its operations including in customer service and reservations, and new flight attendants have graduated to accommodate the growing number of flights being restored.

Customers can fly with confidence and expect the same experience Delta delivers including smooth journey, thanks to tools like the Fly Delta app and integrated FlyReady tool, with a commitment to health and safety at the forefront.


The anticipated volume represents a nearly threefold increase over the pandemic-battered 2020 season (2.2 million passengers). U.S. leisure travel has fully recovered to 2019 levels as vaccination rates climb.

The Sunday after Thanksgiving Day could be a post-downturn record-setter as 550,000 Delta customers are expected to travel that day, well over the previous single-day post-downturn record of 516,000 set this summer.


In addition to a busy domestic schedule, Delta has seen a 450% increase in international bookings since the U.S. border reopening on November 8. Many international flights are expected to operate with high passenger volume throughout the following weeks.

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