Source: The Fiscal Times.
AAA projects 54.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 4.8 percent increase over last year. Travel by air marks the biggest increase in passengers since last year.
The 2018 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume in more than a dozen years (since 2005), with 2.5 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year, AAA stated.
Consumers have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season: higher wages, more disposable income and rising levels of household wealth,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA Travel senior vice president.
“This is translating into more travelers kicking off the holiday season with a Thanksgiving getaway, building on a positive year for the travel industry.”
The TSA in the US has even warned travelers about how busy it will be over the holiday period; Thanksgiving will see seven percent more flyers this year.
Airports in the New York region are set to be some of the busiest in the nation: CBS Local predicted 50,000 people to pass through La Guardia airport every day over the period and that number will be double at 100,000 at JFK airport in New York City.