Holiday travel expected to hit record

24 November, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Lester Mason
  • Jessica Gilbert left and Sam Holsten of Hallowell check in to their flight Tuesday from the Portland International Jetport to Denver for their Thanksgiving trip. Airport officials expect about 36,000 people to fly in and out of Portland over the holiday

On the road, rails and at the airport, millions of people are expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

AAA projects that almost 51 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday through Sunday, with 89 percent driving.

Highway congestion is expected throughout CT, the Northeast region, and the country as AAA expects 51 million Americans to travel more than 50 miles over the holiday weekend, with the majority driving to their destination.

The AAA also reported that 89 percent of all travelers, or 45.5 million people, are planning a Thanksgiving road trip, which increased 3.2 percent compared to a year ago.

And more New Jerseyans will be flying -110,000, an increase of 5.4 percent from last Thanksgiving. Not only did they figure out the best and worst times to travel, but they also found "uniquely popular" search terms that pop up this time of year.

Daily passenger volumes will range from 1.61 million to 2.88 million, with the busiest days expected to be today and Sunday, he said. Travel by trains, buses and cruises is expected to increase to nearly 1.5 million travelers.

With more North Carolinians on the road, the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program is partnering with state and local law enforcement for the Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket campaign, which runs now through November 26, and reminds holiday travelers to wear their seat belts. The increase in rates may be attributed to an increase in domestic demand and cost of newer vehicles in the fleets with added features and benefits.

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The weather is predicted to be mild in southern New Jersey over the holiday weekend, but temperatures will drop during the nighttime.

People traveling by auto to their holiday destination have many ways to save money on gas, although some are not as obvious as others. "So, all the kids are here, two families, no, in fact, five families are here".

While some destinations will clearly be easier to reach than others, any trip of any duration could be ruined by a lack or preparation or a lack of composure.

Many travelers will seek theme-park and warm-weather destinations this Thanksgiving. Compared to previous years, New York City, Las Vegas and San Francisco are gaining popularity as holiday spots.

"The roads will definitely be busier this year", Conde said.

AAA expects to rescue more than 330,000 motorists nationwide and over 6,500 in Virginia this Thanksgiving weekend, with the primary reasons being lockouts, flat tires and battery-related issues. AAA recommends motorists have their vehicles inspected by a trusted fix shop before leaving for your destination.


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