One of the busiest travel days of the Thanksgiving holiday begins — and it could get even worse


Planning a trip for the Thanksgiving vacation? You’re certainly not alone.

Wednesday is one of the busiest travel days of the holiday season, but things can get even worse.

Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 24th this year, and some are preparing turkey, green bean casserole, and grandma’s famous mashed potatoes, while others are packing up and getting ready to hit the road. increase.

The Chicago Aviation Authority expects 1.7 million travelers to fly through O’Hare and Midway International Airports during the holiday season from Tuesday, November 22nd through Monday, November 28th. This marks him a 6.6% increase over the same period last year.

“The CDA plays a valuable role in helping O’Hare and Midway gather friends and family from across the nation and around the world to gather at the Thanksgiving dinner table,” CDA Commissioner Jamie L. Lee said in a statement. “Our number one priority this holiday season is to provide a safe and secure environment for all our passengers, employees and the airline industry at large.”

Meanwhile, the AAA predicts that nearly 55 million Americans will travel for Thanksgiving this year, and the majority (49 million to be exact) will drive to their destination. Overall, 2022 could be his third busiest Thanksgiving trip year since 2000, according to AAA.

“Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holidays on our road trips, and this year is no different,” he says. INRIX said in a release.

According to INRIX, highways in Chicago, Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles are expected to be the busiest.

Especially in the city, Interstate 290, which runs from Morgan Street to Wolfe Road, sees a 99% increase in traffic on the Wednesday before the rush hour holiday, INRIX said.

So when is the best time to leave?

According to INRIX, the best bet was to start on Monday or Tuesday. But if you haven’t left yet, here are the best options:

best time to leave:

  • 11/23: before 8:00 am or after 8:00 pm
  • 11/24: before 11:00 am or after 6:00 pm
  • 11/25: before 11:00 am or after 8:00 pm
  • 11/26: before 2pm or after 8pm
  • 11/27: Before 11:00 am or after 8:00 pm

Avoid the worst hours of the day, according to INRIX.

Worst departure time:

  • 11/23: 11am-8pm
  • 11/24: 11am-3pm
  • 11/25: 4:00pm to 8:00pm
  • 11/26: 4:00pm to 8:00pm
  • 11/27: 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Meanwhile, for air travelers, the days around Thanksgiving week over the past three years, ranked from most to least frequented by air travelers at TSA checkpoints in the United States, are shown below. increase.

  • Sunday after Thanksgiving (busiest).
  • previous wednesday.
  • After Saturday.
  • previous friday.
  • Next Monday (Cyber ​​Monday).
  • before sunday.
  • previous Tuesday.
  • previous monday.
  • previous Saturday.
  • Tuesday (giving Tuesday).
  • After Friday (Black Friday).
  • After Wednesday.
  • Thanksgiving Day (less crowded).

Assuming historical trends continue in 2022, we expect Sunday, November 27th to be the busiest travel day around Thanksgiving, followed by Wednesday, November 23rd. will be busy too.

And this year, more people are likely to come together than in previous years.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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