Talk­ing turkey: Thanks­giv­ing trav­el­ers set to clog skies and roads in his­tor­i­cal­ly busy trav­el sea­son

Talking turkey: Thanksgiving travelers set to clog skies and roads in historically busy travel season

Thanks­giv­ing is one of the busiest trav­el times of the year in the Unit­ed States, as fam­i­lies across the coun­try gath­er to cel­e­brate the hol­i­day.
Peo­ple will take to the roads and air­ports in droves over the next week, with trav­el ana­lysts pre­dict­ing more peo­ple will be trav­el­ing for the hol­i­day than last year. From Wednes­day through Sun­day, AAA pre­dicts 55.4 mil­lion trav­el­ers will head 50 miles or more from home.
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Crowd­ed and expen­sive skies
Among those 55.4 mil­lion pro­ject­ed trav­el­ers, 4.69 mil­lion of them will be fly­ing to get to their des­ti­na­tions. The num­ber of peo­ple expect­ed to fly for Thanks­giv­ing is up 6.6% from last year and 2.5% com­pared to 2019 fig­ures.
Also up this year is the cost of flights, with AAA esti­mat­ing the aver­age domes­tic flight is $681, a 5% increase from 2022. AAA media rela­tions man­ag­er Aixa Diaz told the Wash­ing­ton Exam­in­er that the rise in prices year to year has to do with the increas­ing inter­est in fly­ing since the pan­dem­ic in 2020.
“There is …