More Oklahomans expected to travel for Thanksgiving

The number of people in Oklahoma who will be traveling to celebrate Thanksgiving is expected to rise for the fourth consecutive year, AAA estimates.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: November 22, 2012
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Holiday travelers Wednesday showed up early at Will Rogers World Airport to ensure a seat on outbound flights.

Nearly 600,000 Oklahoma residents are expected to be traveling more than 50 miles from their homes Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Most Americans who travel, 90 percent, will go by car, but 3.14 million will fly. That includes almost 50,000 Oklahomans, according to AAA's projections.

Despite the holiday rush, there were not any problems Wednesday at Will Rogers World Airport, spokeswoman Karen Carney said.

“Things are moving pretty quickly,” she said.

AAA projected 43.6 million people will travel during the holiday weekend, a slight increase over last year.

This is expected to be the fourth consecutive year that Thanksgiving travel increases.

“Thanksgiving travel hit a decade low in 2008 when only 37.8 million Americans traveled,” AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai said earlier this month. “Since that year we have seen a steady increase in the number of Thanksgiving travelers.

“Americans continue to find ways to stretch family budgets so they can still gather around the holiday table.”

Meanwhile, Oklahoma motorists are paying less at the pump.

Gasoline prices in Oklahoma are nearly 25-cents-a-gallon cheaper than they were last month, according to AAA's Fuel Gauge Report. The average gas price in the state Wednesday was $3.152 a gallon, with drivers in the Oklahoma City area paying slightly less. Pump prices were 2 cents higher last Thanksgiving.

Nationwide, gas pump prices moved higher, however. The national average is $3.43 a gallon.