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Thanksgiving travel expected to be busiest since pre-pandemic

WLWT Cincinnati logo WLWT Cincinnati 11/25/2021
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Following a year many people chose to stay home, Thanksgiving travel is bouncing back in Greater Cincinnati and across the nation.

Katie Buckles is happy to be in the Queen City after flying in from Sarasota, Florida. Last November, her celebrations looked different.

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"I wasn't able to come back due to COVID, my family was too worried about all of us traveling so this will be my first year back," Buckles said.

In its holiday travel forecast, AAA said it expects more than 53.4 million people to travel between Nov. 24-28, up 13 percent from 2020 levels.

CVG officials said this month and next will be the busiest travel period since the pandemic started.


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Uber driver Johnny Holland thinks, at least today, things are getting off to a slower start.

"I've waited like four hours today just for one Uber ride, and there were probably 40 Uber and Lyft drivers in the waiting lot," Holland said.

Holland said he was waiting for incoming travelers since 8 a.m.

By 7 p.m., he had only given three people rides.

"Normally on a good day it's eight or nine rides," Holland said.

According to CVG, their busiest travel days will likely end up being Wednesday and this coming Sunday. The busiest departure times are usually between 5 and 7 a.m.

And, despite spiking gas prices, around 48 million people will take to the road this Thanksgiving holiday.

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