(NEW YORK) — When it comes to Independence Day celebrations, getting there can be half the battle.
There will be almost 11 million air travelers this July 4 weekend, based off scheduled seats, according to travel website Hopper. With so many people taking advantage of the long weekend, travelers should brace themselves for crowded terminals.
The busiest airport this holiday weekend will be Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with over 600,000 passengers expected to pass through, though many of those passengers will be in transit to their final destination, Hopper found.
And even though New York topped the list of most popular destinations, there will be more locals flying out than visitors flying in. Surprisingly, New York came in fourth place on the list of top 10 busiest airports.
Here’s the full rundown of busiest airports this weekend:
1. Atlanta (ATL)
2. Los Angeles (LAX)
3. Chicago (ORD)
4. New York City (JFK)
5. Dallas (DFW)
6. San Francisco (SFO)
7. Denver (DEN)
8. Seattle (SEA)
9. Charlotte (CLT)
10. Las Vegas (LAS)
Hopper was also able to determine that Friday will be the busiest day this weekend to travel, with 3.1 million seats scheduled. And though it depends on the airport, travelers can expect the longest lines around 10:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m.
With these tips in your back pocket, plan accordingly to beat the crowds and arrive at your gate in time.
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