holiday travel

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is approaching its busiest time of the year. But spokesman Jay Brock says Christmas being on a Thursday could spread out the rush. 

“People are probably going to be taking off some of those days," says Brock. "So it is probably going to be Christmas Eve, or probably that Monday as well… going to be a heavy travel day.”

Michael Keating

If you're packed and ready to take a trip for the Fourth of July, you'll be in good company.  AAA projects 41 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home for the holiday weekend.  AAA Corporate Public Affairs Manager Cheryl Parker says that's a 1.9 percent increase from last year and a 14 percent increase compared to the Memorial Day travel period.

"The majority of travelers, as we've see in in the past, will be traveling by road--8 out of 10-- 34.8  million Americans traveling by automobile," says Parker.  "This is the highest number of travelers since 2007."

Lots of people will be hitting the roads or heading to the airports this Thanksgiving, but not quite as many as last year.  AAA is forecasting more than 43 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this holiday.  That's a 1.5 percent drop from last year.  In Ohio, 1.6 million will be traveling, down 1.7 percent. 

Why the decrease in travel?  AAA spokeswoman Cheryl Parker says while the economy has been improving  it's still sluggish.

If you're going out of town for the Labor Day weekend, you'll have lots of company.  AAA is projecting  34.1 million Americans will be traveling at least 50 miles from home, a 4.2 percent increase from last year. Nearly 1.4 million Ohioans will also be traveling, up 3.3 percent. 

"This is the highest number that we've seen for Labor Day travel since the decline during the recession," said Cheryl Parker, AAA Corporate Public Affairs Manager.  "It appears the improving economy is helping to get more people feeling more comfortable about taking a road trip for this holiday weekend."

Holly Yurchison

If you're among the 1.7 million Ohioans AAA says are taking a vacation this Independence Day holiday, you're in good, but likely crowded, company. The auto club estimates 1.4 million Ohioans will drive more than 50 miles from home between Wednesday, July 3 and Sunday, July 7.

Where are we going?

Pack your patience, a majority of the top destinations listed by AAA are along the I-75 corridor.