1.4M Thanksgiving travelers expected to fill Virginia highways

17 November, 2017, 01:52 | Author: Franklin Nunez
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"Thanksgiving kicks off the start of what will likely become the busiest holiday season in more than a decade", said Vicky Evans, Assistant Vice President, Travel Sales Development, AAA - The Auto Club Group.

Just under 4 million US travelers will fly this year, an increase of almost 5 percent and the largest number since 2007.

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.

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"AAA expects drivers will pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices in three years, thanks to strong demand and higher oil prices", said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman in Tampa.

With Thanksgiving nears, people traveling across the country, and AAA is predicting that there will be up to 51 million travelers this coming week. It was higher at $2.56 a gallon a month ago, but lower at $2.18 a gallon previous year at Thanksgiving. The organization said a strengthening economy and consumer confidence have prompted Americans to be willing to spend more on travel. "Oil prices reached 2-year highs last week, causing the sudden jump at the pump".

Springfield averages $2.54 a gallon, according to AAA. "Most people have already made their travel plans, and will not cancel them for moderate shifts in gas prices".

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The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 26. "These factors should help fuel consumer spending and generate a strong finish for the travel industry this year".

"Idaho has experienced a seasonal price drop, but it's been slower than in recent years", Conde said.

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.

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And there's even more bad news for motorists heading south, AAA ranked the stretch of Interstate 95 through Fredericksburg as the region's top traffic hotspot for the Thanksgiving week.

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