Travelers on the Move for Thanksgiving

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CLEVELAND — For some it’s just “over the river and through the woods” but, for others, it’s a bit further to get to Grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving.  More than a third of Americans are on the move for the holiday.

According to the travel site Trip Advisor, more people drive. But, 38 percent of those travelling for Thanksgiving are flying to their destinations.  That is, despite higher air fares this year than last Thanksgiving. 

Nancy Rodgers flew into Cleveland Hopkins Airport Wednesday morning to be with family in Hudson.

“Thanksgiving, and we’re celebrating five birthdays in the family.  We have 17 of us meeting.  And, one of the big ones is my mother’s 109th birthday,” Rodgers said. 

The day before Thanksgiving is one of the peak travel days. There was a steady flow of incoming and departing flights at Hopkins Airport. Beth Flint of Avon Lake greeted her daughter Alison with a big hug.  She flew in from Dartmouth College.  

“Travelling from school and that`s in New Hampshire, so it`s not that bad of a flight,” Alison Flint said.   

The Sunday after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest travel days.  Half of the air travelers are expected to take their return flights that day.