The Chladek family readies their seven-month old son to depart for their hometown of Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday.

Peak Thanksgiving travel season has a few more days left as this upcoming Sunday, November 27, closes off the stretch with the busiest day in the travel period.  Over the ten-day holiday rush that began Friday, November 18, STL projects more than 167,000 total departing travelers. At least 22,200 are expected to fly out on Sunday.  With the airlines at approximately 90 percent capacity, plus traffic from connecting flyers, gate areas and concourses have been bustling daily with travelers on their way to give thanks with friends and family.   Lambert is expecting at least 13,000 more Thanksgiving travelers this year than over the same period in 2015, an increase of eight percent.  Year-to-date, STL is seeing a ten percent growth trend in departing passengers over last year.