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Thanksgiving travel expected to surge

Thanksgiving travel expected to surge

This Thanksgiving will mark a milestone in travel, with a surge projected to create one of the busiest travel periods on record, according to AAA. 

Nationwide, 55.4 million people are expected to travel over the upcoming holiday weekend. That’s 2.3 percent more than last year and the third-largest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2001.

“Travel demand has truly bounced back to pre-pandemic levels,” said Brian Ng, senior vice president of membership and travel marketing for AAA Utah. “Our holiday travel projections show the year long trend of Utahns’ eagerness to get away and create memories with family and friends.”

AAA expects 88 percent of travelers ± which is more than 49 million Americans — to drive to their destination (+1.7 percent from 2022). The skies are also anticipated to be busy, with 8.5 percent — or over 4.7 million people — flying to their holiday destinations (+6.6 percent from 2022). 

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