Travelers fly, drive during busy travel day

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Nearly 3 million people were expected to travel on what the airline industry group Airlines for America calls the third busiest travel day this holiday season.

But how was the trip for travelers here in the Tri-State? 

Christmas day is over, but the final part of this holiday for these travelers started.

“Everything went well,” says Sandy Meese, who arrived back in Evansville from Atlanta.

“It’s a good day. Good traffic. Weather is good,” adds Jeff Worthing, who was driving to Cincinnati Wednesday night.

Travelers arriving at Evansville Regional Airport say the weather wasn’t a major problem, but other airports from Atlanta to Los Angeles were much busier.

“The lines to get food, the lines to get Starbucks. It was everywhere. It was like more than normal wait times for big airports,” recalled Courtney Bare, who flew back to Evansville.

“I’ve been flying in and back usually 2-3 times this year, and I’ve never seen lines as long as they were this year to get to your gate,” adds Meese.

Most flights arriving today made it on time, but a few arrived late. For drivers, their present of lower than usual gas prices continued, with gas ranging from less than $1.90 a gallon on the Henderson strip, to $2.15 at some gas stations near I-64 north of Evansville. AAA says lower prices motivated more Americans to hit the road this holiday compared to last year.

“I think it was much lower than last Christmas. In our area, it’s probably $2.08 to $2.11 a gallon,” Worthing says.

Airlines for America also says the two busiest days were last Thursday and Friday.  They predicted a more than 5% increase in the number of people flying this holiday season.

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(This story was originally published on December 26, 2018)

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