Tri-Cities, Tennessee (WJHL) – As the end of the year approaches, many people are planning their trips.
December 27th in particular is expected to be the busiest travel day. This is the time when many people return home from their Christmas trips and leave for the New Year. However, travel experts predict steady road and air traffic during his final week and half of the year.
“Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will probably be later than usual,” said Gene Cossey, Executive Director of Tri-Cities Airports. “But in the days leading up to Christmas, and even in the days between Christmas and New Year, you will find the whole system very busy.”
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“We expect more travelers than last year,” said AAA spokesperson Megan Cooper. “We’re not quite back to pre-pandemic levels, but we’re getting closer.”
More than 2.6 million Tennesseans are expected to travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2, according to AAA.
You may not need two hours before your flight at Tri-Cities Airport, but Cossey recommends arriving an hour to an hour and a half before takeoff.
“A lot of people bring presents at this time of year. They bring big suitcases full of everything they bring to their families,” says Cossey. “You’re here a little early, so you’re less likely to wait in line. If you get here 45 minutes before your flight, you’ll be in line.”
AAA reports that 90% of Tennessee travelers plan to drive. Cooper suggests getting on the road at certain times to avoid traffic jams.
“If you leave early in the morning or late at night, you’ll see a little less traffic,” Cooper said. “If you’re pretty flexible with your plans, you might be able to save a little time by traveling on vacation itself.”
Before leaving, Cooper said he would check the vehicle a few days in advance in case there were any necessary repairs and remind people to be vigilant on the road.
“You may or may not get into some of that winter weather,” Cooper said. Please…if you’re on a long road trip, make sure to stop by every two hours or every 100 miles.
AAA also suggests equipping vehicles with safety kits, including extra winter clothing, snacks, ice scrapers, basic tool kits, first aid kits and flares to help you stand out on the roadside in the event of a breakdown. .