Traffic Chicago: Millions expected to pass through airports, hit roads Wednesday


Chicago (WLS) — The Thanksgiving travel rush is here again this year.

People behind the wheel and on planes seem unperturbed by higher gas and airfare prices than last year, inflation and concerns about the economy.

Wednesday is the busiest travel day for this Thanksgiving holiday at Midway Airport. Experts predict passenger numbers will increase by more than 24% of his.

O’Hare, on the other hand, saw only a 2.7% increase in ridership, with Sunday being O’Hare’s busiest day.

About 1.7 million travelers will pass through both Chicago airports this week and next Monday.

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Across the United States, TSA tested more than 2.6 million travelers on Monday, surpassing the 2.5 million it tested on the Monday before Thanksgiving in 2019.

Passengers who plan ahead and prepare for the rush.

“We came a little early, so no need to worry or rush too much,” said Ashana Garcia.

“For me, it’s a mental thing. Keep that in mind, space yourself, prepare ahead, get here early on the way,” said passenger Robert Walker.

Gasoline prices are also higher this time of year.

“I just make it work. We just make it work. What else can you do? You have to travel, you have to get from point A to point B, Sometimes public transportation isn’t an option.You just make it.It works,” said commuter Pam Jackson.

Still, the AAA expects 54.6 million people will travel at least 50 miles from their homes in the US this week, up 1.5% from last Thanksgiving.

“In Illinois, 2.8 million people travel for Thanksgiving. Nationwide, 2.4 people travel by car. 89% travel by car. Roads will be very busy. said Molly Hart of AAA Auto Club Group.

And there may be some good news for the pump, albeit only slightly. Average gas prices in Chicago dropped 19 cents a gallon last week. The national average dropped more than 11 cents a gallon last week.

TSA and Customs and Border Protection officials have already warned of longer than usual wait times and checkpoints, so travelers are advised to plan accordingly.

“Pack smartly. Remove any prohibited items from your carry-on. At checkpoints, there is a huge delay as your baggage goes through the scanner. Prohibited items found If so, you must say, “Is this your bag?” ‘We have to identify and remove it. So this is a big step that passengers can take to move the queue.

Traffic was picking up later on Wednesday ahead of the long weekend. Expect very busy roads on Wednesday afternoon.

Chicago’s airport was packed with people Wednesday morning, but tended to surge in waves throughout the day.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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