Turkey Day Travel

DFW Airport lifts off as one of the nation's busiest for Thanksgiving travel

DFW Airport lifts off as one of the busiest for Thanksgiving travel

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Brace yourselves: DFW Airport is going to be nuts this Thanksgiving weekend. MuckRack.com

Thanksgiving travel is on the rise in 2015, and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport will see a big piece of that action.

A new report from Orbitz.com pegs DFW as one of the top 10 "busiest airports for Thanksgiving," the first time we've made that list.

According to the report, 61 percent of people plan to travel for Thanksgiving this year, up six percent from 2014. The list analyzes Orbitz.com's flight booking data of the top 50 U.S. airports over the Thanksgiving travel period, which runs from November 25–30. DFW squeaks in at No. 9. The top three busiest airports are Los Angeles International, Chicago O'Hare, and San Francisco International.

Orbitz suggests travelers book outside the busiest window.

"Wednesday, November 25, and Sunday, November 29, will be the busiest of the weekend," says Orbitz.com editor Jeanenne Tornatore. "Travelers looking to avoid the crowds should consider flying out on Thanksgiving day and coming back on Monday, November 30, both the least busy of the holiday weekend.”

The report also lists the least busy airports. If stops at Eppley Airfield in Omaha or Kahului Airport in Maui are on your itinerary, then congratulations, they're the two least busy in the country.

If you find yourself with time to kill, DFW has plenty of restaurants, as well as a perk that Orbitz notes for DFW: Minute Suites at Gate D23. These 10 sound-proof, private suites are kitted out with a daybed and Wi-Fi-ready computer, along with DirecTV access. Shower rooms and premier suites offer a bigger space for families or multiple travelers. According to Orbitz, 55 percent of travelers would allot themselves more time at the airport if they knew there was something to do while they wait.