Lost Seats: By The Numbers

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CBS News transportation and consumer safety correspondent Nancy Cordes reported on the forecasted Thanksgiving travel crunch as airlines have dropped thousands of seats on domestic flights since last Thanksgiving. The numbers, from FareCompare.com tell the story.

Which cities have lost the most seats on Thanksgiving weekend flights since last year, making them the worst cities for flying? And which actually gained seats on flights?

10 worst Thanksgiving travel cities:
Detroit
Washington
Houston
Boston
Philadelphia
Minneapolis
Pittsburgh
Newark, N.J.
Baltimore, Md.
Providence, R.I.

10 best cities for travelers:
Orlando
San Francisco
Denver
Seattle
Los Angeles
New Orleans
Portland
Charlotte
San Diego
Kansas City

Which major airlines have dropped holiday seats since last Thanksgiving?
Number of fewer seats for Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, flights compared with one year ago.
U.S. Airways 18,192
Northwest 11,360
Continental 9,509
United 9,185
American 1,638

Number of fewer seats for Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, flights compared with one year ago.
U.S. Airways 14,020
Northwest 10,732
Continental 13,187
United 10,959
American 2,076

Which airlines have added seats?
Number of added seats for Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, flights compared with one year ago.
JetBlue 2,044
Frontier 2,664
Spirit 2,676
Midwest 3,099
Allegiant 3,450
Virgin America 6,555
AirTran 7,384
Alaska 7,491
Express Jet 11,400
Southwest 26,454

Number of added seats for Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, flights compared with one year ago.
Delta 11,941
JetBlue 1,168
Frontier 3,066
Spirit 2,676
Allegiant 5,550
Virgin America 6,133
AirTran 7,678
Alaska 7,474
Express Jet 11,300
Southwest 6,219