BANGOR – Across the country, this week is regarded as one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. The Transportation Security Administration predicts just under 27 million people will be traveling by sky through December 2.
It’s a familiar scene at Bangor International Airport during the week of Thanksgiving. Travelers make their way through security before heading to their turkey-dinner destination.
“It’s a different mix of passengers,” said B.I.A. Airport Director Tony Caruso. “Here’s where we see a lot of your infrequent travelers or, you know, families that just don’t travel as much”
When planning for your holiday trip Caruso says time is the biggest factor.
“We do recommend that even in Bangor you get to the airport at least two hours before your departure,” said Caruso.
He also said the pick up and drop off area at the airport can get pretty congested during the busy travel days.
“Monitor flybangor.com for flight updates,” Caruso said. “Also monitor the airlines websites for updates.”
Airports aren’t the only place that’ll be busy. If you plan on hitting the road, expect heavy traffic.
“Based off of our estimations and predictions for travel, it will be the busiest year travel-wise since 2005,” said AAA Northern New England Spokesperson Christopher Hill.
He says in the New England area there will be about 2.5 million people traveling by car to get to their Thanksgiving destination and that Wednesday will be the busiest.
“Boston specifically because of our area,” said Hill. “A lot of people may be traveling through Boston. You want to try and avoid the hours of 4:30 to about 6:30 p.m. tomorrow because that’s where we anticipate there to be the peak amount of delays.”
No matter where you’re going, or how you’re getting there officials agree that taking your time and being safe is most important.