Busiest Thanksgiving travel days kick off in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Travel experts are warning that the streets, the air and the trains will be packed this Thanksgiving.

“There’s this pent-up travel demand and we’ve seen that this summer as the travel season has been recovering throughout the summer. And for many people, this could be the first Thanksgiving when everything’s back to some degree of normality,” said Jana Tidwell, AAA public and government affairs manager.

Action News spoke to the Smiths, who are from Atlanta Georgia. They take a plane and train to travel the east coast.

“It was actually pretty good, we were really surprised that it was really easy to get around,” said Diane Smith. “We planned ahead and took early flights…especially since we were flying out of Atlanta.”

According to airport officials, more than 867,000 guests will pass through Philadelphia International Airport from November 18-29. The busiest days are the two days before Thanksgiving and the weekend after.

Almost 80,000 passengers were estimated to be traveling through the airport on Tuesday, but passengers said it didn’t feel overly crowded.

“It was actually nicer than we expected,” said Barbara Cheever of the Villages, Florida. “We thought there would be bullying, and it wasn’t.”

And AAA expects more than 670,000 Philadelphia-area residents to take to the streets, up 1.8% year-over-year.

“If you’re driving, we strongly encourage you to travel during off-peak hours,” Tidwell said. “Early in the morning, later in the evening, that will not only reduce the time you spend in the car, but also the amount of gas you’re not using idling in traffic.”

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