People are planning to travel for Thanksgiving celebrations across the United States and according to U.S. airport authorities about 2.7 million people are expected to board flights on Wednesday. This may lead to some disruptions as reported in recent years due to meltdown at Southwest Airlines over last Christmas but airline officials said with confidence that they can avoid these massive disruptions this year.
As predicted by the National Weather Services, heavy rains and snow showers could occur along the East Coast and this may lead to delay. They also reported that accumulating snowfall is expected on Wednesday in northern New England, along with this up to 20.3 cm of snowfall may occur in northern Maine. They have also expected the snow to hit on northern Rocky Mountains on Thanksgiving Day.
The FlightAware reported on Wednesday that only 9 flights are going to be cancelled and 260 flights delayed. In the recent years, tens of thousands of employees have been added to the airlines and Southwest says they has bought more winter equipment so that planes can move even during sub-freezing temperature.
Delta Air Lines suggested the passengers to arrive one hour before their flight is they are travelling within United States and if they are travelling overseas, they need to arrive two hours before due to the heavy crowd at airport. This may take more time on Sunday and Monday.
The Transportation Security Administration is expecting to screen about2.9 million passenger on Sunday which would break the previous record set on June 30. This holiday will be also going to help in testing Federal Aviation Administration which had faced shortages of air traffic controllers that lead to reductions in flights to New York City area during this summer and fall.
During a news conference on Monday, the U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said that they are ready for this holiday. They prepared themselves by hiring traffic controllers, opening new air routes along the East Coast and deicing equipment.
This holiday will be going to benefit the drivers as the priced of gas has been reduced to $3.63 a gallon on Wednesday as compared to $3.63 a year ago.
The air travelers will also get benefit as the airfares got reduced in October to 13% lower than the previous year as the government figures said. According to the travel site Hopper, the fares of Thanksgiving have been about 14% lower than previous year. Still, the high cost of rent, food, health care and other expenses were weighed on their travel plans.
As informed by a 25-year-old social worker also a graduate student, he was grateful for saying that he have saved much in this holiday due to his credit card pints that brought down the cost of his trip from Denver to Chicago from $450 to $150.