Thanksgiving travel expected to be highest volume in a dozen years


Millions of Americans will be traveling for Thanksgiving this year.

Drivers will face the most congestion during the early evenings, as commuters mix with holiday travelers. But average airfares on the most popular routes within the US will be the lowest in five years, the group says.

Fuller skies: The largest growth in holiday travel is by air travel, at 5 percent, with almost 60,000 Colorado travelers.

For those flying, the worst travel days are expected to be Wednesday and Sunday. The numbers reveal this will be the busiest Thanksgiving holiday since 2005. Ohioans accounted for 2 million of those travelers previous year, according to AAA estimates, representing an increase of 2 percent over 2015.

AAA said the average price in Gwinnett on Saturday was $2.38.

"Thanksgiving kicks off the busy holiday season, and more Americans will travel to spend time with friends and family this year", said Cathleen Lewis, director of public affairs, for AAA Northeast.

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"AAA forecasts Georgians will pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2014, thanks to strong demand and high oil prices", AAA spokesman Garrett Townsend said in a statement.

The 2017 holiday weekend will see more than 972,000 travelers, up 3.3 percent from previous year and the highest travel volume since 2007. Airfare for the top 40 domestic destinations round trip are averaged at $157, which is a whopping 23 per cent lower than the average of last year's, and the lowest in five years.

›Road trip ready: 1.1 million will take a Thanksgiving road trip; an increase of 3.2 percent over a year ago.

More than 36,000 Tennesseans polled for the report said they plan to fly to the holiday destination- the highest number of flyers since 2006.

Today's national average price is $2.542, which is 41 cents more than past year.

Alternate travel: Travel by trains and other modes (including buses and cruises) is expected to increase 1.1 percent to 58,000 Coloradans. Colorado gas prices are up 47 cents per gallon since Thanksgiving 2016, the most significant increase in the Rockies.