DOD Opens Restricted Airspace for Thanksgiving Travel

by NPHM | November 24th, 2010

To ease delays during the busiest travel days of the year, the Department of Defense (DOD) is opening usually restricted airspace for commercial travel routes. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) hopes that re-routing commercial flights will alleviate aerial congestion.

According to the FAA, air traffic controllers may begin routing commercial aircraft through the restricted airspace on Tuesday, November 23, 2010, which is a day earlier than in previous years.

Open Spaces

The DOD will open airspace off the East Coast above 24,000 feet. Other airspaces open to commercial air travel include the Gulf of Mexico, Twentynine Palms in California, and White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

More information and real-time updates regarding flight and airport status can be found at

Federal Aviation Administration (November 18, 2010). “FAA Works to Ease Delays for Thanksgiving Holiday Travel.” Press release. Retrieved 2010-11-23.