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The security line at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is expecting more than 4.2 million passengers to travel through the airport during the holiday period that runs from Dec. 16 through Jan. 3, airports officials said. 

Travelers leaving out of Atlanta, however, shouldn't have to worry too much because the bulk of the passengers will be from connecting traffic, said Reese McCranie, the airport's director of policy and communications.

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Drivers can expect major traffic on the roadways and at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport next week.

Roughly 1.4 million Georgians will travel more than 50 miles from home this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

That's about a 3.5 percent increase from last year.

AAA  says this year's Turkey Day travel is up nearly two percent nationally and will be the most since 2007. 

"This is the most traveled holiday of the year, and as usual, there is an emphasis on road trips," said Joseph Richardson, AAA president and CEO.

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Delta Air Lines got passengers from Point A to Point B promptly in October.

According to the U.S. Transportation Department, Delta had an on-time arrival rate of 92.1 percent.

That led the list of major U.S. carriers that month.

Atlanta's traffic is legendary. But a new report finds delays are more predictable compared to other large cities. For example, most commuters know the Downtown Connector will be slow-going much of the day.


More than a million Georgians will be traveling at least 50 miles during the Memorial Day holiday.

That's nearly a 5 percent hike from last Memorial Day, according to AAA.

A clear majority of those Georgians, roughly 90 percent, will travel by automobile. About 7 percent will go by plane. 

As for the rest of the country, more than 37 million Americans won't be staying home during the weekend.

Analysts with AAA say the 2015 Memorial Day forecast has the highest amount of travel seen in a decade.

A pilot walks past a Christmas Tree at Reagan National Airport on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013.
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The Christmas holiday travel period is expected to be brisker this year, according to the industry trade group Airlines 4 America. About 45 million passengers are expected to take to the skies. That's up two percent compared to last year.

The good news? Airlines have added seats to accommodate the extra 47,000 passengers a day.

No surprise, Atlanta’s airport will be robust.

During a media briefing Wednesday, John Heimlich of the airline trade group Airlines 4 America said Hartsfield-Jackson will be the busiest, followed by LAX and Chicago-O'Hare.

A passenger looks at the flight board at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
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The Sunday after Thanksgiving is one of -- if not the busiest -- travel days of the year.

Hartsfield-Jackson International officials predicted more than 7-million passengers will pass through its gates during November, which includes the busy Thanksgiving travel period.  They expect today to bring the most travelers of the week.

That's a lot of people.  So if you're flying this travel season, chances are you’re going to run across fellow travelers who aren’t as, um, considerate as others.

Atlanta holiday traffic
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State transportation officials say they're suspending construction-related lane closures during the upcoming holiday travel period.

The Georgia Department of Transportation says it'll suspend lane closures between 5 a.m. Wednesday and 10 p.m. Sunday on interstates, major state routes and roads near major shopping areas. The department says it'll give drivers the same reprieve during the Christmas and New Year's holiday travel periods as well.

Long lines at the main security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Thursday, Feb. 13.
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AAA predicts more people will travel this Thanksgiving Holiday than in the past seven years, though numbers still haven’t caught up to pre-recession levels.  

The auto company says nationally about 1.3 million Georgians and 46 million people nationally will take a trip of more than 50 miles around the holiday.

In 2007, more than 50 million people traveled.

AAA’s Mark Jenkins says while this year’s still numbers don’t quite match those prior to the recession, this year still marks the biggest jump in the number of travelers in the past seven years.

The security line at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will see more passengers this Thanksgiving holiday season than it did last year, airport officials said Friday.

An estimated 7.5 million fliers will pass through Atlanta's airport between Nov. 21 and Nov. 30.  That's up two percent from the same period in 2013.

Nine out of 10 will land here and hop on another plane to get to their destinations. But that still leaves 750,000 origination and destination, or "O&D," travelers who must undergo security screening at Hartsfield-Jackson.

Your Next Georgia Vacation? Visit a Farm!

Mar 24, 2014

While the beach or the mountains remain popular vacation destinations, more Georgians are finding interest in other "stay-cations."  

In her new book, "Farm Fresh Georgia" (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), Jodi Helmer has compiled a travel guide for people who want to visit the variety of places in this state where their food is produced.  

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The unofficial holiday travel season kicks into full-gear Monday, and officials at Hartsfield-Jackson expect 1.8-million passengers will pass through the airport between Nov. 25th and Dec. 2nd.     

“We have our entire team here to do whatever we can to keep the traffic moving as quickly as possible,” HJIA general manager Louis Miller said at a press conference Friday.   

More Georgians Driving to Memorial Day Destinations

May 24, 2013
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AAA says the number of Georgians traveling by plane is expected to dip slightly this Memorial Day. But according to the auto club, nearly 3,400 more Georgians will travel 50 miles or more by car in comparison to last year. AAA says it’s because even though gas prices have risen slightly, they have remained relatively steady.

Latresha Smith fills up her car at a gas station on Cheshire Bridge Road in Atlanta. She’s  planning to drive to Savannah this memorial day for a family reunion.

“I don’t really know that part of my family, so I’m so excited”

AAA Reports Rise in Holiday Travel

Dec 17, 2012

Christmas is right around the corner, and that means millions of Americans are getting ready to hit the roads.

According to AAA, 84.3 million Americans are traveling at least 50-miles from home this holiday season.  That’s an increase of 1.3 percent.  AAA spokeswoman Jessica Brady says  that includes nearly 2 1/2 million Georgians.

“Expect very busy roadways and very busy airports.  And those numbers don’t represent those coming into Georgia for the holidays or those passing through.”

If you’re waiting on a good deal before booking an airline ticket for Christmas -- don’t.   

That’s the word from

The website's CEO, Rick Seaney expects average Christmas-week airfares to go up as much as $10 each day for the next week or so. 

And no matter what, FareCompare says book before Dec. 18th.  

On the 19th, Seany believes tickets prices will jump between 30 and 70%.