Thanksgiving travel expected to be highest in 5 years

Thanksgiving travel expected to be highest in 5 years

AAA expects 89 percent of the 53 million travelers Thanksgiving week to hit the roads.

A report issued Monday said 1.16 million Tennesseans plan to travel 50 miles or more by automobile later this week and will be in traffic amongst the 50.9 million Americans who have made plans. They are expected to include 5pm to 6pm on Tuesday in Chicago, where trips can take three times as long as during non-rush hour, and 4pm to 4:45pm in San Francisco. "A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season".

Last year, an estimated 48.7 Americans traveled by the roads, skies, rails and waterways.

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

Busiest travel seaosn since 2005. Almost 1.9 million Ohioans plan to drive to their destination, an increase of 3.3 percent over a year ago.

About 89 percent of all travelers 45.5 million - are planning to travel by vehicle, an increase of 3.2 percent over past year.

While AAA expects most US drivers will pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2014, the vast majority of holiday travelers (89.3 percent) are still planning to hit the road. This November's national average price is $2.54, which is 37 cents more than last November.

Another projected increase is in the auto rental daily rates with a five-year high of $70 per day due to an increase in domestic demand and cost of newer vehicles.

OH made the list of the largest gas price changes.

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The East North Central region encompasses Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.

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

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

"Plan for delays", said Sgt.

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

Meanwhile air travelers are getting a break for the holiday.

A storm system may slow travel in parts of the country for millions of drivers: The Northwest is expecting rain and snow Thanksgiving week, and the Southeast will receive multiple rain showers. Motorists may have to slow their commute and rely heavily on their windshield wipers.

At St. Louis Lambert Airport, they're preparing for a busy week.

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