Thanksgiving Fliers Forge Ahead Despite Economy

Airline passengers across Texas appear to be forging ahead with Thanksgiving holiday travel plans -- despite the shaky economy.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is expecting nearly 2.2 million passengers to fly during the 14-day period of Nov. 19 to Dec. 2.

DFW spokesman Ken Capps says that's down about five percent -- the same percentage as airline capacity cuts.

Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport was operating smoothly in the early going of today's busiest travel day of the year.

Airport spokeswoman Marlene McClinton says Bush Intercontinental is expecting about 1.3 million passengers in the same 14-day period. She expects that figure will be lower than a year ago.

McClinton says airport officials in Houston were concerned about a late rush because some schools stayed in session Thanksgiving week -- to make up for days lost from Hurricane Ike.

Ike hit Southeast Texas on Sept. 13.

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