AAA predicts record air travel for 2017 Thanksgiving weekend

Updated: Nov. 22, 2017 at 8:16 AM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It's the day before Thanksgiving, the nation's busiest travel day of the year, and according to AAA, nearly 51 million people will travel more than 50 miles from home this holiday weekend.

Wednesday officially starts the kickoff to the holiday weekend, which runs through Sunday. That makes this the busiest Thanksgiving week in a dozen years.

The Montgomery Regional Airport, like airports everywhere, is expecting big crowds.

About 4 million of those travelers are expected to fly this weekend, about 5 percent more than 2016.

A big reason for the big increase is the lower airfares.

AAA says airfares right now are the cheapest they've been since 2013 and nationwide the average price for a flight right now is $157. That's down 23 percent from prices year-over-year.

The most popular destinations, per AAA, are Orlando, Florida; Anaheim, California; and New York City.

Across the country, travelers who take to the sky must account for long security lines but also increased drive times to the airport. AAA and INRIX expect delays getting to the nation's busiest airports could be as long as an hour.

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