Holiday Travel Season Is Open

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

November 22, 2005

With just a few hours leading up to Thanksgiving, travelers are hitting the highways and flyways. This is what you should expect while traveling this holiday weekend.

Whether it's by ground or by air, people are already hitting the road for this holiday season.

"I'm going to Philly for the night and I'm going to wake up tomorrow morning and go to Massachusetts," said Brigham Keehner.

"I'm from Boston, Mass. [I'm going back home to Boston. I'm a JMU student," said Britney Delorme.

A record 37 million people are expected to travel nationwide. A combination of inclement weather in the Northeast and higher capacities on airlines could make things difficult.

"We were told that there were air traffic problems in Philadelphia and therefore we are not going to get to Athens, Greece," said Bethe Lipper.

The Lipper's planned a trip to Greece nearly five months ago. Problems in Philadelphia have caused them to miss their connection. So, they are going home only to give it a try again tomorrow.

"It's ruined. It's ruined. It gives me 48 hours in Athens, Greece," Lipper said.

Typically, airlines schedule capacity around 70 percent. This year, flights are nearly 95 percent full, causing a potential back up of travelers.

"Patience is definitely a virtue during this time. There are going to be some lines. We just ask people to bear with the crowds," said Terrie Dean from the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport.

So whatever your reason for traveling.

"Just a little bit of R & R. It's been a long semester," said Delorme.

Try to sit back and enjoy the ride.

Don't forget about those roadways. AAA expects over 900,000 Virginians to hit the roadways this holiday weekend. They say that is a slight decline from last year, most likely due to the high gas prices.

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