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AAA predicts 51 million Americans to travel over Thanksgiving

24 November 2017

"Every day requires caution and vigilance when there is a large number of travelers on the road". "More importantly, people just love to come to Maine".

The expense to rent a auto for the weekend is higher than past years.

"They are higher than last year, but they are still the 3rd lowest price in like the last 10 years", Jennifer Haugh Manager of Government Affairs, AAA Kansas said. The system reports high volume on Labor Day, Columbus Day, and throughout all of August, she said.

"Even though gas prices are up since a year ago, there's more confidence in the economy", said Martha Meade of AAA Mid-Atlantic.

$2.39 - Average Kansas price for a gallon of gas as of November 20.

Last year, the average price of a gallon of regular gas was about $2.

According to AAA's Leisure Travel Index, travelers taking to the skies will pay the lowest average in five years for a round-trip flight for the top 40 domestic routes.

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With increased traffic on the nation's highways and crowded airports, traveling before and during the Thanksgiving weekend can be extremely challenging. Regional holiday air travel is likely to grow by 5.4 percent, to about 249,000 leisure travelers.

AAA says close to 51 million Americans will be heading 50 miles or more away from home this holiday. Experts say that's because tickets are the cheapest they've been in the past four years.

According to Mark Amorosi, communications manager for South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA), said that Atlantic City International Airport projects an 11 percent increase in seat capacity for the Thanksgiving travel week compared to the same week past year.

AAA expects this Thanksgiving to be the busiest in terms of travel since 2005.

In the event of inclement weather, Darras advised all travelers at McGhee Tyson to closely monitor their flight status online at or by downloading the airport's free mobile application on Google Play or the Apple App Store.

The Portland International Jetport is projecting volume will be about the same as previous year, with about 36,000 people flying in and out of the facility over the holiday week, assistant airport director Zachary Sundquist said. Here's how Waze expects those travel times to pan out for the rest of the week.

Travelers should plan to arrive at the terminal at least two hours before departure time.

AAA predicts 51 million Americans to travel over Thanksgiving