Millions of people are expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday | Tech US News


SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) – Thanksgiving travel is expected to reach pre-pandemic levels this year.

“I traveled to Florida last year. It was great. I had to leave early, to beat the traffic and stuff, but this year I decided to stay here,” said Fernando Suarez of Springfield.

Suarez decided to stay home this year after traveling last year for Thanksgiving, and he said high gas prices are also a reason. However, AAA predicts that nearly 55 million people across the United States will travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving.

With prices at the bomb, are people opting to fly this Thanksgiving?

“Yeah, so gas prices and it’s definitely having an impact on people and their travel plans. However, it looks like people will just manage those prices and make adjustments elsewhere in their budgets,” the AAA spokesperson said Northeast, Mark Shieldrop.

Even with high gas prices, it appears that more than 1.2 million Massachusetts residents will still travel by car. Shieldrop told us the busiest day will be Wednesday next week.

“If you’re on the Mass. Pike, you’re going to see major traffic. The worst is going to be closer to the city — the Cambridge, Boston area — and the intersections with 95 and 93, but in western Mass., the same advice applies. On Wednesday it’s going to be the worst time,” Shieldrop added.

Western Mass News spoke with Andrew Diaz of Chicopee, who planned to make the six-hour drive to his brother’s house trying to leave early to avoid traffic.

“We’re here in Mass. So traveling from 91, you hit traffic in Connecticut, so hopefully I can win. Hopefully I can win,” Diaz said.

As for air travel, it is expected to increase by eight percent compared to last year, and with airports backlash this year due to staff shortages that have led to canceled and delayed flights, fewer flights are expected. The result of this could be full airports, higher prices and full planes. It’s something Shieldrop said you should plan for.

“We always recommend that people get to the airport with plenty of time to spare. That advice couldn’t be more important this year, compared to any other year,” Shieldrop noted.


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