MA Travelers Hit Road, Air For Thanksgiving

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- As New Englanders hit the highway or the airport ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, AAA says it will be the biggest travel week they've seen in a dozen years.

"We expect about 51 million Americans to travel over Thanksgiving," says John Paul of AAA Northeast told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens. "The majority of them will be going by car."

About 45 million of those travelers will be driving. 

Paul said AAA is expecting a more than 3 percent increase in the number of people on the roads.

He said the main reason for the increase is that more people are working.

"People feel better about the economy, they feel better about spending some money that maybe they didn't have a few years ago," Paul said.

At Logan Airport Wednesday morning, things were going smoothly--with more than 90 percent of flights were early, and what delays did exist were all under 15 minutes.

Lou from Wilmington was at Logan to pick up his son, who flew in from Louisiana. He told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Kendall Buhl that his stop at the airport was a snap.

"I thought it was going to be jammed up here," he said. "There was hardly anybody here, and I thought it was great ... I did run into somebody over there and they said that they're expecting it to get a little crowded later, so maybe that's what it is, but I was shocked."

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