Auto club AAA and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport officials agree Thanksgiving week traffic should fall off a bit this year compared to last — although Punta Gorda Airport expects more passengers — and travel by bus and rail will rise a little.
As revealed in its just-released annual travel survey, AAA expects 43.4 million Americans to journey at least 50 miles from home this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, which means a decrease of 1.5 percent from the 44 million who traveled last year, according to AAA spokeswoman Jessica Brady. Of those 43.4 million travelers, 38.9 million — or 90 percent — will go by car (1.6 percent less than last year), 3.14 million by air (a 3.7 percent decrease), and 1.39 million by other means, such as bus or rail (an increase of 9.5 percent).
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