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AAA: More than 43 million Americans to travel Thanksgiving week

Posted By Theresa Juva-Brown On November 13, 2012 @ 6:05 pm In AAA,Air travel,Thanksgiving,Westchester County,Westchester County Airport | Comments Disabled

[1]Motorists will be gobbling up the roads for Thanksgiving, with more than 39 million Americans expected to travel by car next week.

That makes up 90 percent of the 43 million people predicted to travel 50 miles or more during Thanksgiving week, according to AAA’s annual Thanksgiving travel survey. [2]

Though gas shortages and devastation remain the New York metro region, it’s not clear if that will alter people’s travel plans, said Robert Sinclair, spokesman for AAA New York. He noted that the survey was conducted several weeks ago.

“Thanksgiving is Grandma, Mom, and Dad—you are going to see family, for the most part,” Sinclair said. “Given that, the impact should be minimal I think.”

Highlights from the AAA survey:


  • Air travel is expected to decline to 3.14 million U.S. travelers from 3.2 million last year

  • Median spending expected to decrease 10 percent from last year to $498.

  • Average distance traveled to decline to 588 miles from 706 miles, partly because of  the drop in air travel.


Has Hurricane Sandy recovery affected your holiday travel plans? Tell us about it. Email me at tjuva@lohud.com.

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