TAMPA -- Holiday travel projections are the highest since 2001, that’s according to AAA, with Tampa International Airport expecting more than 50,000 people to pass through on a daily basis this holiday season.
The next busiest holiday travel days will be December 27 and 28.
It’s the usual hustle and bustle at TIA, only this time of year, it’s worse, with everyone trying to get home to family and friends in time for their celebrations.
Some will be getting there later than planned, though.
On Tuesday, many flights out of TIA were delayed, including Doug Thomas, who is traveling to Canada.
“We have people picking us up at the airport, we’re trying to reach them and let them know we’ll be delayed.”
There were many carriers with long lines to check in, making it easy to understand AAA’s travel projections. It estimated that nearly 6 million travelers will fly to their destinations. But despite any potential delays, many travelers say there won’t be any delays when it comes to the joy of spending Christmas with loved ones.
“I get to visit with my two sons, daughters in law, and my five grandchildren, so I’m excited,” said Patty Spoeth, who’s traveling to Atlanta.
Extra traffic is also expected on the roads.
With gas prices as low as they are right now, AAA is predicting nearly 90 million people’s holiday travel plans will include driving from now until New Year’s.