UPDATED 8:35 AM PT — Wed. Nov. 21, 2018
Airlines and highways are now feeling the holiday travel spirit as Americans gear up to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Officials said the day before Thanksgiving will be the second busiest day to fly, behind the following Sunday, with an estimated 2.93 million passengers flying.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials are predicting a record number of air travelers this holiday season, with more than 25 million passengers nationwide going through security between November 16th through November 26th.
AAA expects over 54 million Americans to hit the roads and travel 50-miles or more for the holiday this year, which is a nearly five-percent increase from 2017.
“We’re seeing this is the busiest travel since 2005, more than 54 million people traveling, 85-percent of those — or 48 and a half million — will be driving to their destinations,” stated Robert Sinclair, spokesman for AAA. “People have more money in their pockets, household net worth is up, disposable is up, consumer confidence is up, and when we have a little time built into our schedules, we take advantage of it.”
Airlines for America said more Americans are traveling by air than ever due to historically low fares.