Holiday travel underway at the Rochester airport

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. Time to hit the road or the runway!

The Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport was packed with people Wednesday, headed out before the holiday. AAA says it expects about 3.6 million people will be traveling for Thanksgiving this year.

And setting a record comes with reasons behind it, right? One of those reasons is the pent-up demand to be with loved ones on the holidays.

For the last couple of years, that wasn’t possible for a lot of families because of COVID. Traveling restrictions have also eased up since the peak of the pandemic.

One challenge still lingering is inflation. But as we see with these record travel numbers, dollar signs won’t keep people away from family.

“Airfare is up about 22% from a year ago at this time,” AAA Communications, Mark Gruba told us. “Hotels 14-17% obviously, some of that is dictated by how long you’re staying, and the other thing is gas prices are up over $0.20 a gallon. They will spend more on gas and tighten up the budget in other areas to get to their destination to get to that family vacation or again this time of year, go see a loved one.”

To prep for the number of travelers, the airport added extra flights for this week and through the weekend.