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If you’re planning a Thanksgiving getaway, be ready to share the road

By in Press Enterprise on November 21, 2017

By Craig Shultz

Planning to hit the road for a Thanksgiving trip? Well, you’ll have plenty of company.

The Automobile Club of Southern California is expecting the Thanksgiving holiday to be the busiest locally for travel since 2007, and the preferred mode of transportation will be the automobile.

Of 3.87 million residents expected to get away for the long weekend, almost 86 percent of travelers – 3.3 million – are expected to go by car to their destinations

Both of those numbers are up from last year when there were 3.74 million travelers and 3.2 million via automobile.

Based on historical and recent travel trends for the holiday week, transportation analyst INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts drivers will experience the most congestion during the early evening Wednesday, Nov. 22, as commuters mix with holiday travelers.

The drive won’t be cheap with gas prices expected to be in the $3.20-per-gallon range — the highest prices have been at Thanksgiving since 2013.

Airports will be busy too, as 429,000 Southern Californians are expected to travel by air, an increase of 5.4 percent from the 2016 holiday. Another 77,000 will go by other means – about the same as last year.

“Jet fuel has been significantly less expensive in the last couple of years, enabling airlines to add capacity and lower fares, which is partly why we are seeing a bigger increase in air travel,” said Filomena Andre, the Auto Club’s vice president for travel products and services.

Ontario International Airport is expecting a surge in passengers this holiday travel season with more than 432,000 air travelers flying through the airport during the Thanksgiving and winter holidays, 6.2 percent more than a year ago.

Passenger levels during the Thanksgiving travel period, Nov. 18 through Nov. 28, were forecast to increase 7.9 percent over last year to 151,100. The busiest travel days will be […]    

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