AAA: nearly 2.9 million Floridians to travel for Thanksgiving holiday

AAA is out with its travel forecast for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, predicting close to 2.9 million Floridians will travel 50 miles or more, which would make it the second busiest Thanksgiving travel period since AAA began tracking in 2000, second only to 2005.

Nationally, AAA reports 55 million Americans will take a trip for the holiday.

By the numbers: 2019 Thanksgiving travel forecast


U.S. – 49.3 million travelers will hit the road this Thanksgiving, the most since 2005 and 2.8% more than last year.

Florida – 2.6 million Floridians are forecast to drive, 3% more than last year. The second-most since 2005.


U.S. – 4.45 million Americans expected to fly. With 4.6% growth, air travel will see the biggest increase in travel volume during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Florida – 210,456 Floridians are forecast to fly; 4.3% more than last year.

Trains, Buses and Cruise Ships: 

U.S. – Travel by other modes will reach 1.49 million, a slight increase of 1.4% from 2018.

Florida – 52,629 Florida air passengers are an increase of 1-percent from last year.

Wednesday is expected to be the busiest travel day of the holiday period with most people hitting the road between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

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