Thanksgiving travel numbers expected to rise for 2018

November 20, 2018 - 4:46 am
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The number of Thanksgiving travelers looks to be strong this year. Shawn Steward with Triple A of Kansas says nationwide more than 54 million people are traveling more than 50 miles away from their home this Thanksgiving season. 

"That’s up about 5 percent from last year," said Steward. "The airports and the roads are definitely going to be busy.” 

In AAA's West North Central Region that includes Kansas, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, and Michigan; a lot of people will be driving to their destination.

“We’re anticipating 4.4 million people taking a Thanksgiving trip,” said Steward. “About 90 percent of those are going to be traveling by car. People are feeling pretty good about the economy. They’ve got that disposable income and so, lots more people this year are going to be headed out to visit family and friends for the holiday.”

The pain at the pump continues to decrease, as well. The Kansas average as of Friday was just $2.42 a gallon, the same average AAA Kansas reported this time last year.

The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 25.

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