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Thanksgiving Holiday Travel to Increase

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EUGENE, Ore. — Long airport lines and traffic congestion all come with the territory of flying on the busiest travel day of the year.

AAA projects 43.6 million people will travel during the holiday weekend; 90 percent of those will travel by car and air travel is likely to decline.

The Eugene Airport is experiencing its second busiest passenger day ever with 1,734 passengers leaving Wednesday, which is a 17 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

For the most part, Eugene’s airport is manageable; but for people flying in from other places, the story was a little different.

“We are going on the family Thanksgiving and a wedding, so we have no choice but to travel at the busiest time of the year,” said student Hannah Venderville.

“It was pretty hectic we took a shuttle to the airport so we got there really really early and we were there at 4 in the morning; but I heard at 8 that lines were out the door for security,” said Eugene resident Paul Cuyugan.

Allegiant Air accounts for 84 percent of the increase with 778 more passengers.

After Thanksgiving travel fell by 25 percent in 2008, AAA says travel has increased each year.

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