One Million Travelers Head Out Of D.C. For Thanksgiving | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

One Million Travelers Head Out Of D.C. For Thanksgiving

Play associated audio

Thanksgiving is one of the peak travel times for people in the D.C. area, and more people will be traveling this year than in the previous three years, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Airline travel is expected to increase 1.4 percent over last year, and overall travel is expected to be up 4 percent. More than 1 million Washingtonians heading out traveling out of town, and 92 percent of them will be on the highways, according to AAA's Lon Anderson.

"This airport is going to have one of its busiest travel days of the year later today," says Anderson, who is on hand for the early part of the day at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Virginia. More than 900,000 people are expected to take to the roads for the holiday, which will likely make for slow travel later today.

The increases in holiday travel come despite airline fares that are up about 20 percent from last year, and gas prices are up  50-55 cents per gallon.

"I think what that's telling us is we've got some pent-up demand," says Anderson. "We've seen some improvement in the economy this year, and I think it's been enough that people are saying, 'I've had it with staying home on the holidays, we're going to travel this year.'" 

NPR

It's 'Etsy,' Kenyan Style: Making Art Out Of Flip-Flops And Bottle Tops

This summer, Kenya artists came to Washington, D.C., for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Some of them make their living by turning trash into sculptures, jewelry and igloos.
NPR

If Exercise Is Work, Mindless Snacking May Follow

The idea that sacrificing at the gym entitles us to a reward seems to be embedded in our collective thinking. Researchers set out to test how this affects how we eat after a workout.
NPR

Avoiding The Border: Is This Obama's Hurricane Katrina?

The president says he's working on addressing the surge of unauthorized border crossings into the U.S. But is his decision to not visit the border an epic mistake? The Barbershop guys weigh in.
NPR

Avoiding The Border: Is This Obama's Hurricane Katrina?

The president says he's working on addressing the surge of unauthorized border crossings into the U.S. But is his decision to not visit the border an epic mistake? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.