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New record: One-in-three Americans will travel this holiday season

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Staff Writer | Thursday December 13, 2018 8:00AM ET
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America road forecasts that more than one-third of Americans will travel this holiday season.

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The record-breaking 112.5 million travelers taking to the nation's runways, roads and rails for the year-end holidays represents a 4.4 percent increase over last year and the most since America road has been tracking holiday travel.

For the more than 102 million people who will pack up their cars for a holiday road trip, INRIX, a global mobility analytics company, predicts travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. could be as much as four times longer than a normal trip.

The year-end holiday travel period is defined as Saturday, December 22 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The 11-day span is one day longer than last year, due to Christmas and New Year's Day falling on Tuesdays this year.

More Americans will travel by car this holiday season than ever before. The 102.1 million people expected to pack up their cars for road trips is 4.4 percent higher than last year. It is the most since America road began tracking holiday travel in 2001.

The 6.7 million people who will travel by air this year is the highest level since in 15 years and is 4.2 percent more than last year.

Travel across these sectors will increase by 4 percent, with a total 3.7 million passengers.


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