DALLAS — A week from now, roads and airports in Texas will be packed to the gills as Thanksgiving travel officially lifts off.
And this year? The American Automobile Association forecasts a stronger Thanksgiving travel season than in 2021 for Texas; however, not as strong as pre-pandemic numbers from 2019.
Per AAA, 3.6 million travelers are expected to hit the roads in Texas this year.
The association told WFAA that's a .4% increase from 2021, and it's a -4% difference compared to 2019.
However, air travel for this Thanksgiving is expected to make a slight jump. The association predicts 238,000 people will take to the skies in Texas, which is a 6% increase from 2021. Compared to 2019 in Texas, it's a -13% difference.
Nationwide, air travel is inching closer to pre-pandemic numbers this Thanksgiving. The association predicts nationwide that 4.51 million people will take to the skies across the U.S., which is a -1% difference from 2019.
The cruise industry is making the most significant jump, per the association.
Roughly 77,000 Texans are expected to take a cruise, bus, or train this Thanksgiving. That's a 22% increase from 2021 and a -13% difference from 2019.
If you're planning on hitting the road, the association has put together some of the best times to head out the door.
They are below.