Today is the Busiest Travel Day of the Holiday Season

By Anna Breuer on 22 December 2017
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DSC_0798Getting on a plane or train? One thing is certain: you will clearly not be alone, and if you’re planning to drive over the river and through the woods, expect traffic.

Today, December 22, is one of the three busiest travel days of the 2017 Christmas and Hanukkah holiday season.

Over 51 million passengers are expected to board planes operated by U.S. airlines during the 21-day holiday travel period, which started on December 15, 2017 and runs through Thursday, January 4, 2018, a 3.5% increase over last year according to figures released by airline industry trade group Airlines for America.

In addition, many millions more are expected to hit the roads to visit family and friends. However, they should not expect empty roads. Using historical and predictive data, the Automobile Association of America and Inrix, a transportation data provider, said that roads will be two to three times more congested than usual Thursday and Friday this week.

The busiest travel days during the period will be December 21, 22 and 26, while the lightest days will be December 24 and 25, as well as December 31.

Despite being one of the busiest days, there were relatively few flight cancellations Thursday, with a total of 236, although there were over 8,000 delays due largely to wintry weather in various parts of the country, according to data supplied by FlightStats, a flight tracking service. As of 10 a.m. EST Friday, only 151 flight cancellations have been reported, while 1,630 flights have been delayed.

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