Thanksgiving travel up by 7%, busiest travel day of the year

Updated: Nov. 27, 2016 at 10:43 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Sunday was one of the busiest travel day of the year. Millions of people headed home after the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend that typically brings a lot more people on the roads and in the airways.

"I was home for the holidays, obviously, and now I am trying to make it back down to Crystal River Florida, and unfortunately we have mechanical issues with the plane out here, so unfortunately I get to spend the night in Atlanta, and well, I get another day of work off, " Tim Weidner said.

According to TripAdvisor. Thanksgiving travel was up by 7% this year, with 22% traveling home today from their holiday getaway.

As people arrived and departed from Evansville Regional Airport on Sunday, workers there were prepared for what comes with the busy holiday season.

"I like flying in and out of Evansville, just because it's generally really low key and you don't have to worry about the madhouses like you typically have to at the larger airports," Tim Weidner said.

Although many people traveled by plane this year, TripAdvisor found roads were the busiest as 63% of travelers drove to their Thanksgiving destination, while another 33% took to the airways.

"Travel has been neat, "Berkie Gordon said. It's a pretty good airport to travel through because there are never any huge crowds. So that's always huge plus, easy to get in, easy to get out."

Aside from a few minor delays.

"Flight has a delay yes it does, a 3 hour delay,"  Berkie Gordon said. "I am not sure why, but I better wait."

Things were pretty smooth at the Evansville Regional Airport.

Gas stations say they did notice more people in and out on Sunday, but nothing too out of the ordinary.

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