Nov 17, 2023 - News

4 million Texans to travel for Thanksgiving

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A busy Thanksgiving travel week begins Friday, with airlines expecting record numbers of passengers and millions of people planning to hit the road this weekend.

Driving the news: Nearly 3 million people are expected to pass through DFW Airport during the holiday week.

  • Dallas Love Field is expecting today to be one of its busiest days for departures leading into Thanksgiving.

The big picture: The Transportation Security Administration predicts this holiday season to be the busiest ever for air travel.

  • An estimated 55.4 million people will travel by plane, train or automobile in the next week, per AAA.
  • Overall travel is down slightly from 2019, but more people are expected to fly, cruise or ride a train to their holiday destinations this year than before the pandemic.

Details: Airport officials recommend arriving at least two hours before departure time to get through security and the terminals.

  • AAA warns that highway traffic is likely to be the most congested from 2-6pm Wednesday, one of the most popular travel days.

By the numbers: Most traveling Texans will roadtrip to their Turkey Day destinations, per AAA.

  • 244,000 will fly, a 4% increase from last year.
  • 84,000 will travel by train, bus or cruise, a 10% increase.

🍷 Of note: If you're taking wine, gravy or cranberry sauce, you must pack them in a checked bag, per the TSA.


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