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All of America is on the road during the holidays

All of America is on the road during the holidays

More people travel for Thanksgiving than for any other American holiday, he wrote, and although the increase in traffic associated with home visits has been on roads and airports since last week, by the weekend the entire country will be moving to spend the holidays with family. the CBS.

Airlines expect pre-pandemic traffic to return by Thanksgiving.
Photography: Daniel Slim/AFP

2023 is already a record year for travel: seven of the 10 busiest days in TSA history were in 2023

said director David Pekoski. The TSA will screen more than 30 million travelers during that period, and the three busiest days will traditionally be the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after.

You can’t count on quiet driving on the roads either — the majority of Americans will be returning home by car, and nearly 49 million people will travel more than 50 miles from November 22-26. Based on AAA forecasts, this year will be the third highest number of holiday travelers since 2000, returning to the pre-pandemic level.

However, this week’s weather forecast has drivers on notice: huge storms are brewing in several states, and rain is expected almost everywhere.

Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Thanksgiving itself is a more relaxed day during the holiday season, especially compared to the days leading up to it. According to American Airlines, traffic at airports will decrease significantly at that time. However, traffic jams are expected in many places, as many people travel to their close family members on this day.

And although the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expects airport traffic to jump again the next day — more than 44,000 flights are expected — Black Friday will only be the fifth busiest day of the holiday.

It is true that in parallel, the largest wave of devaluation this year is also scheduled, which will guarantee traffic jams and long queues near all major shopping centers.

The weekend after Thanksgiving

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, approximately 42,000 flights are scheduled for Saturday and about 45,000 flights are scheduled for Sunday. Overall, American Airlines said Sunday is expected to be its busiest travel day with more than 3.2 million passengers.

The Transportation Security Administration expects a similar level, with 2.9 million air passengers expected to arrive on November 26. United Airlines also announced that Sunday will be one of the company’s busiest travel days since before the pandemic. According to the company’s press release, more than 517,000 people will travel on United flights that day, which is more than 60,000 more than last year.

Although data provider Cirium expects Sunday to be the biggest travel day of the year, Monday will be just as busy – while Sunday is typically the busiest travel day for repatriation, Monday is also a popular day. To return home after Thanksgiving.

American Airlines, for example, expects Monday to be its second busiest day of the holiday week, with about six thousand flights scheduled.

In the United States, the end of November always brings crowds, lines, chaos and homecomings, but this year Thanksgiving will be especially crowded. Hungarians traveling abroad at this time should be careful not to get carried away by the holiday madness.

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