Horrible Holiday Travel Season Underway
It looks like this year’s Thanksgiving holiday travel season will be even more frustrating than usual. Despite exorbitant ticket prices, airlines are more crowded than ever.
Lines are growing longer at the world’s busiest airport as holiday travelers fly out two days before Thanksgiving to be with family and friends. Many people at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport say they had no choice but to fly today because they were unable to get a ticket tomorrow, the day before Thanksgiving.
Today is considered the second busiest travel day of the Thanksgiving holiday in Atlanta, with Sunday being the busiest.
And a nice Nor’easter will muck it up for those who try to drive instead.
A strong storm off the East Coast was expected to bring heavy rain and light snow to the Northeast on Tuesday Ã¢€” a harbinger for the Thanksgiving holiday, when cold, snowy weather is forecast to create a deep freeze and travel problems. Ã¢€œThe timing couldnÃ¢€™t be any worse,Ã¢€ said Bill Karins, a NBC Weather Plus meteorologist.
Many areas away from the coast could see snowfall amounts of 3 to 4 inches on Tuesday, while regions prone to lake-effect snow could see substantially more snow.
Eastern portions of the Midwest were expected to see below normal temperatures and a chance of snow showers Tuesday.
Thanksgiving Day snow and rain is in the forecast for New York City and Philadelphia, while extreme cold is expected Thursday in Ohio, New England and cities surrounding the Great Lakes.
Those conditions could cause highway gridlock as well as delays and even cancellations at major airport hubs. Ã¢€œThere might be some delays, there might be some cancellations,Ã¢€ warned Tiffany Townsend, a spokesman for the New York Port Authority, which manages the regionÃ¢€™s airports. By midday Tuesday, Newark, La Guardia and BostonÃ¢€™s Logan airports were seeing weather delays of up to nearly two hours.
The American Automobile Association estimates that some 3 million residents of the Northeast will drive or fly to Thanksgiving destinations. Nationally, AAA estimates that 37.29 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday, a 0.8 percent increase from last yearÃ¢€™s 37 million travelers. Ã¢€œHigher prices and sagging consumer confidence will make Thanksgiving travel growth a bit less robust this holiday, although airports and highways will be as busy as ever,Ã¢€ AAA President Robert Darbelnet said in a statement.
The combination of high ticket prices and the fact that two can drive cheaply as one has me on the roads again this year.