Holiday travelers, watch out - Busy roads and airports this year

Holiday travelers, watch out - Busy roads and airports this year

Holiday travelers, watch out - Busy roads and airports this year

Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, which operates the Downeaster, is projecting near-capacity travel on all trains over the holiday week, Executive Director Patricia Quinn said.

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 previous year.

AAA projects almost 51 million people will travel 50 miles or more away from home for the Thanksgiving weekend.

AAA is predicting this will be the busiest Thanksgiving travel weekend in a decade in MI. More than one million people in Boston are expected to hit the roads, they say.

The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is from Wednesday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 26.

More Mainers are hitting the road even though gas prices are higher than past year at this time. However, airline travelers will also pay the cheapest airfare on average since 2013. Regional holiday air travel is likely to grow by 5.4 percent, to about 249,000 leisure travelers. Travel by trains, buses and cruises is expected to increase to nearly 1.5 million travelers.

Gas prices prices are at a three-year high, but they're edging downward, providing a bit of relief for Thanksgiving travelers.

Airlines for America, the lobbying group for several major airlines, forecasts that more than 28 million passengers will fly on USA airlines in the 12-day period between Friday, Nov. 17, and Tuesday, Nov. 28. At $157, on average, that is a 23 percent fare drop year-over-year. And, the vast majority of those travelers will be in cars. That number is the highest volume in more than a decade. The increase in rates may be attributed to an increase in domestic demand and cost of newer vehicles in the fleets with added features and benefits. The average price increased by 14 percent to $176/night.

That's more than 50 thousand travelers at the airport.

Las Vegas is expected to be one of the top travel destinations in the country behind New York, Honolulu and theme-park cities like Orlando and Anaheim.

Approximately 330,000 motorists will call AAA on the road because of a flat tire, lockout or battery related issue.

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