Thanksgiving travel expected to rebound to near pre-pandemic levels – KIRO 7 News Seattle


Prepare for the streets and airports to be noticeably crowded this Thanksgiving.

53.4 million people are expected to go on vacation this year, 6.4 million more than last year, according to a new report from AAA.

This is the highest increase in travelers for Thanksgiving in a year since 2005, bringing the travel volume in 2019 to 5% of pre-pandemic levels.

“Travel this Thanksgiving will be very different from last year,” said Ragina C. Ali, public and government affairs manager at AAA Mid-Atlantic. “With the borders open and new health and safety guidelines in place, travel is back at the top of the list of Americans ready to meet with loved ones for vacation.”

While 90% of people plan to travel by car, the volume of air travel is expected to increase dramatically compared to 2020, by 80%.

Motorists are expected to experience the worst of traffic jams over the holiday weekend, with the largest number of delays expected in major metro areas. Seattle drivers are expected to experience delays more than twice as long as typical driving times.