Thanksgiving 2017 travel to be busiest in 12 years, AAA says

Thanksgiving 2017 travel to be busiest in 12 years, AAA says

In Massachusetts, more than 1.1 million people expect to travel over Thanksgiving, and more than 975,000 of them will go by auto, AAA said.

AAA expects almost 51 million Americans to hit the road for Thanksgiving travel next week, the highest volume for Turkey Day travel in a dozen years.

Air travel is expected to see the biggest year-over-year increase, at 5 per cent, with about 4 million travellers expected to pass through United States airports over the holiday period.

According to AAA Wisconsin, more than one million Wisconsinites will travel at least 50 miles from home between next Wednesday and November 26th.

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AAA and INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predict travel times in the most congested cities in the USA during the holiday week could be as much as three times longer than the optimal trip. That marks a 3.4 percent increase from a year ago, which AAA calls a good indicator of a strong economy and high consumer confidence. "Oil prices reached 2-year highs last week, causing the sudden jump at the pump".

"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, added Ocasio even though gas prices may be more this holiday season".

Airports will see the largest bump in travelers, with 3.95 million expected to take to the skies. Another 429,000 Southern Californians are expected to go by air, which is an increase of 5.4 percent from the 2016 holiday's 407,000 plane travelers.

California gas prices have skyrocketed in the last two weeks to their highest levels in more than two years and are likely to remain above $3.20 on average in most areas throughout the holiday weekend. "However, this year flying for the holiday is not as expensive as other years with average airfares the lowest in five years".

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