Which airports will be the most crowded this July 4th? - Hopper Research

Which airports will be the most crowded this July 4th?

By Patrick Surry
Posted Jul 1, 2014

The 4th of July is a popular travel time in the US. We know that air travel for July 4th will be about  60% higher than air travel for Memorial Day this year. Hopper's data science  team decided to analyze what this year's July 4th travel patterns will look like. The team found that the top 5 most popular airports will be Las Vegas ( LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Atlanta (ATL), Chicago (ORD), and Denver (DEN). To demonstrate which airports will be the most congested, Hopper created this July 4th Air Travel map. Click on the map to see the animated version which shows the airports' popularity by departures and arrivals. You can also find the animated version here: http://www.hopper.com/flights/tools/july4/map The map below shows the 20 busiest airports this upcoming July 4th. The redder the airport, the more people arriving, and the bluer , the more people departing. Airports are sized by the total number of passengers flying from and to that airport, and routes are shaded by the number of passengers flying that route. July 4th Air Travel Map  

Figure 1: Hopper's July 4th Air Travel Map

Table 1: Top 20 Airports By July 4th Popularity

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Figure 2: Top 20 Airports, sized by total searches

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Figure 3: Top 20 Airports, sized by arrival searches


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Figure 4: Top 20 Airports, sized by departure searches

Data and 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 queries and 1 billion trips per day.  Demand is represented as the number of queries not actual ticket purchases, and is calibrated across all GDS sources for each market.