ORLANDO, Fla. — More than 55 million travelers are making plans to kick off the holiday season with a trip of 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving.
This will be the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2000, trailing only the record set in 2005. Overall, an additional 1.6 million more people will travel compared with last year, a 2.9-percent increase, according to AAA’s 2019 Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Forecast.
“Millions of thankful Americans are starting the holiday season off right with a Thanksgiving getaway,” said Paula Twidale, vice president, AAA Travel. “Strong economic fundamentals are motivating Americans to venture out this holiday in near-record numbers. Consumer spending remains strong, thanks to increasing wages, disposable income and household wealth, and travel remains one of their top priorities for the holiday season.”
2019 Thanksgiving travel forecast by the numbers looks like:
- Automobiles: Three million travelers will hit the road this Thanksgiving, the most since 2005 and 2.8 percent more than last year.
- Planes: With 4.6-percent growth, air travel will see the biggest increase in travel volume during the Thanksgiving holiday, with 4.45 million Americans expected to fly.
- Trains, buses & cruise ships: Travel by other modes will reach 1.49 million, a slight increase of 1.4 percent from 2018.
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