Which Airports Will Be The Most Crowded This Fourth of July?

Patrick Surry - Jan. 31, 2016

The Fourth of July is simultaneously one of the most popular and one of the most expensive weekends to travel. Air travel is only about 4% cheaper this year, but travelers will still be out in full force this year. Since it's such a popular holiday to travel, Hopper's data science team decided to analyze what this year's Fourth of July travel patterns will look like by calculating which airports will have the biggest influx of travelers arriving and departing. Hopper found that New York City, Chicago, and D.C. will be the most the busiest destinations this holiday. To demonstrate which airports will be the most crowded, Hopper created a Fourth of July Air Travel Map. Click on the map to view the interactive version which depicts the 20 busiest airports this upcoming Fourth of July. The redder the airport, the more people arriving. The bluer the airport, the more people departing. Airports are sized by the total number of passengers flying to and from that airport, and routes are shaded by the number of passengers flying that route.

Hopper’s Fourth of July Air Travel Map

(Click on the map for the interactive version)

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 Figure 1: Hopper's Fourth of July Air Travel Map

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Table 1: Busiest Destinations for Fourth of July

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Table 2: Busiest Airports this Fourth of July

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Figure 2: Arrival and Departure Volume Distribution

For tips on how to save this Fourth of July, check out recent report: http://www.hopper.com/research/save-fourth-july-travel/.

Methodology

The data presented in this analysis comes from Hopper’s combined feed of Global Distribution System (GDS) data sources which includes about 10 million flight search queries and several billion priced round trip flights per day.  Demand is represented as the number of queries not actual ticket purchases, and is calibrated across all GDS sources for each market. Demand is a leading indicator of purchases.

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