BANGOR – If you’re planning on traveling this Thanksgiving, you should know you’re not alone. Traveling agents say they’re expecting more passengers then in previous years, So what does that mean for you?
Over 2.2 million people will be traveling in the New England area alone this holiday season. “The air travel industry is looking at a 2.5% increase in the number of passengers traveling” said Tony Caruso, the airport director at BIA.
In fact, triple a is predicting this year to be the biggest travel rush in the last nine years. With gas prices and the economy steadying, many are finding it easy to pack their bags and visit friends and loved ones for the holiday.
“You’re seeing rising wages, you’re seeing improved confidence in the economy, an increase in consumer spending so all those factors are going to help increase the amount of people” said Christopher Hill, the Spokesperson for AAA.
TripAdvisor says 39% of Americans are traveling this thanksgiving year, 33% of those travelers are flying, and the other 63% are taking it to the highways
This means you should stay patient and aware while driving your vehicles, and if you’re flying, don’t wrap your presents until after you land.
There have been at least four deaths in the last four thanksgiving weekends, so make sure to buckle up and stay aware while driving. State police are planning to have extra patrol this weekend, looking for aggressive, impaired and texting drivers. Regardless of your traveling situation, remember to stay safe this Thanksgiving Holiday.
A Press Release from BIA says there will be airline changes this Holiday season:
Delta – has informed BGR that effective January 1, 2017 it will be ceasing its Detroit service and replacing it with service to JFK starting April 1, 2017. This change in service will provide BGR customers with more international access and with more domestic connectivity. Additionally, Delta says that the seasonal changes in service that were experienced on the Detroit route in recent years with winter suspension of service will not happen with the new JFK service. JFK flights will operate leaving Bangor at 6:00 am arriving at JFK at 7:49 am with return flights from JFK at 9:00 pm arriving in Bangor at 10:35 pm.
The new JFK service will be on a CRJ-900 aircraft with 76 seats and three classes of service. The year round flights will increase BGR’s 2017 capacity providing more seats for BGR customers.
Between now and January 1st Detroit service will center around holiday travel dates.
·American Airlines will be adding flights to LaGuardia during the holiday season. Starting December 18th through January 8th . Flights leaving BGR are at 3:55 pm arriving LGA at 5:34 pm. Flights from LGA are at 1:57 pm arriving BGR at 3:28 pm.
· United Airlines will be returning to BGR in June with flights to Chicago O’Hare and Newark Liberty International.
· Allegiant flies to Sanford/Orlando and St. Petersburg/Tampa from Bangor International several times per week. They will be increasing the number of weekly flights for their peak season during the first quarter of 2017.