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More than 4 million Texans expected to take Thanksgiving trips

November 14, 2018

This Thanksgiving holiday is projected to break travel records in Texas and nationwide, as people hit the roads and jet off to reach their turkey dinner.

The Transportation Security Administration is expecting more than 25 million flyers between Friday and the Monday after Thanksgiving, a 5 percent uptick from last year, according to a news release.

AAA Texas is predicting that an estimated 4.1 million Texans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday, a 4.7 increase compared with 2017. AAA defines the holiday as starting Nov. 21 and lasting through Nov. 25.

San Antonio International Airport is expecting an uptick in passengers through Nov. 28, spokesperson Evelynn Bailey said in an email.

More than 810,000 people passed through the San Antonio airport last November, a 9.3 percent uptick from November 2016 and the highest November traffic level on record, according to airport data. Thirty-four new flights have been added or announced since 2016, which is one of the factors contributing to higher traffic this holiday season, Bailey said.

She also pointed out that the most recent monthly figures from the airport show a jump in traffic — more than 781,000 people came through the airport in September, up 13.7 percent from September 2017.

An estimated 4.1 million Texans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday, defined as Nov. 21 to Nov. 25, according to AAA Texas. That figure represents a 4.7 increase compared with 2017. AAA is predicting a similar increase nationwide — 4.8 percent.

To find out predictions on the busiest days and times, go to ExpressNews.com.

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