Airport officials expect busiest travel period in 3 years
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport officials are gearing up for a busier-than-usual Thanksgiving travel period, estimating that the number of passengers flying out of the airport this month will be the most in at least three years.
Why it matters: Holiday travel across the country is returning to pre-pandemic levels, and this year the number of Thanksgiving week sojourns falls behind only those in 2005 and 2019, per AAA, which started tracking in 2000.
By the numbers: Airport officials expect the daily number of passengers flying out of the Austin airport to reach roughly 30,000 Wednesday, according to data provided to Axios.
- In November 2019, the monthly total of departing passengers reached roughly 1.4 million.
- Officials do not yet have an estimate for this month's total, but a spokesperson said 2022 numbers will likely exceed 2019, 2020 and 2021 because airlines are offering 35% more seats for sale this month.
Plus: The busy holiday travel season comes on the heels of a record-breaking October, when Austin airport officials reported a staggering 43,177 passengers flying out of the airport on one single day.
Driving the news: Nearly 55 million Americans will travel 50 miles or farther this week.
- Most people will travel by car, but road-tripping for the holidays remains 2.5% below 2019 levels.
Zoom out: Nationwide, 4.5 million people are expected to fly during the holiday week, which starts Wednesday.
- And 1.4 million people will travel by train or bus or take a cruise, an increase of 23% compared with last year.
Travel tips: Airport officials have already warned travelers to arrive two and a half hours before their flight.
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