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More than 54 million Americans to travel this Thanksgiving, most in 13 years

Staff Writer |
travel this Thanksgiving projects 54.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 4.8 percent increase over last year.

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The 2018 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume in more than a dozen years (since 2005), with 2.5 million more people taking to the nation's roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year.

For the 48.5 million Americans planning a Thanksgiving road trip, INRIX, a global mobility analytics company, predicts travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. could be as much as four times longer than a normal trip.

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

The vast majority of travelers – 48.5 million – will hit the road this Thanksgiving, nearly 5 percent more than last year.

The largest growth in holiday travel is by air, at 5.4 percent, with 4.27 million travelers.

Travel across these sectors will increase by 1.4 percent, with a total 1.48 million passengers.

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