AAA predicts record number of Wisconsinites will fly for Thanksgiving

AAA predicts record number of Wisconsinites will fly for Thanksgiving

AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more during the Thanksgiving holiday. The 2017 holiday weekend will see the most travelers since 2005.

About 1,056,000 Wisconsinites will travel 50 miles or more, an increase of about 35,000 compared to last year. And a record-breaking 82,000 will take a flight, according to AAA.

Over 945,000 people from Wisconsin will take a Thanksgiving road trip; an increase of almost 30,000 people.

“We’re looking at about 3 and a half percent more roadway travelers than last year, but we’re looking at about 6 percent more air travelers and for here in Wisconsin that’s an all-time high,” said Nick Jarmusz with AAA.

Jarmusz said this might be a result of the cheapest airfare since 2013.

“Airfares to the top 40 domestic destinations are averaging about 23 percent less than Thanksgiving last year, so that’s making airfare a more affordable option for more people and we anticipate a lot of them are going to take advantage of that,” said Jarmusz.

The Dane County Regional Airport is expecting more than 6,500 passengers on Wednesday. Their busiest days will be Wednesday and Sunday.

Passengers should be prepared for long TSA lines and busy airports.

“We have a checklist that we check off to make sure we don’t forget anything and we have stuff to entertain ourselves in case we get stuck somewhere,” said early-morning passenger Christopher McCalvy.

On Wednesday morning lines were so long, Dane County Regional Airport opened the security checkpoint usually reserved for TSA pre-check to all passengers.