Thanksgiving travel expected to be highest volume in a dozen years

Thanksgiving travel expected to be highest volume in a dozen years

Thanksgiving Day travel won't be record-breaking, but it could be busier than a year ago, despite higher gas prices and a prediction of lousy weather across much of the nation.

Most travelers - about 90 percent, or 45.5 million people - will be on the road, a 3.2 percent increase in automobile traffic over last year's holiday, according to the pre-holiday analysis.

"Plan for delays", said Sgt.

"It's best, when you're traveling over the fall and winter breaks, to really keep an eye on what's going on with the weather, not only in your location, but kind of everywhere else", Howell said.

› If you're flying, take early flights.

Drivers will face the most congestion during the early evenings, as commuters mix with holiday travelers.

Air travel is expected to see the biggest year-over-year increase, at 5 percent, with about 4 million travelers expected to pass through US airports over the holiday period, according to AAA.

New Jersey - 110,624 (8.7% of all travelers), a 4.9% increase from past year.

Separately, trade group Airlines for America says the busiest air-travel day is the Sunday after Thanksgiving, followed by the Wednesday before it.

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"Thanksgiving kicks off the start of what will likely become the busiest holiday season in more than a decade", AAA Assistant Vice-President of Travel Sales Development Vicky Evans said in a statement.

He said the nonstop flights Lovell Field has gained to the NY area and to Chicago on United Airlines will help boost Thanksgiving traffic.

But Milani said higher gas prices aren't keeping travelers off the road.

"Most people have already made their travel plans, and will not cancel them for moderate shifts in gas prices". That's the highest number in a dozen years.

AAA has projected 51 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home for the holiday.

AAA predicts consumers will pay the cheapest average airfare since 2013.

Fueling up: Gas prices in Tennessee averaged $1.94 on Thanksgiving 2016.

Alternate travel: Travel by trains and other modes (including buses and cruises) is expected to increase 1.1 percent to 58,000 Coloradans. Prices this year are likely to be the highest since 2014.

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