Expect delays and long lines in 2017 holiday airport travel season

Cities could see record holiday traffic delays

"That's led to a record travel year, and the Thanksgiving holiday travel period will be the busiest of the year to date".

But many holiday travelers are heading out a day earlier.

A robust economy is driving across-the-board travel this season, according to the 115-year-old automobile association. Air travel will rise five percent to almost four million.

More than 45 million will travel by vehicle between Wednesday and Sunday, the auto club predicts.

If you're traveling over Thanksgiving, you'll have even more company than previous year.

The 2017 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005 with 1.6 million more people taking to the nation's roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with a year ago.

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New Jersey - 110,624 (8.7% of all travelers), a 4.9% increase from previous year.

"Things will wax worse along this stretch of I-95 southbound on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving", John B. Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic's Manager of Public & Government Affairs, said in Monday's release.

AAA's projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Markit.

Nationally - 3.95 million (8% of all travelers), a 4.9% increase from one year ago.

Approximately 2.1 million Ohioans are expected to travel from home for the holidays.

"AAA forecasts Georgians will pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2014, thanks to strong demand and high oil prices", AAA spokesman Garrett Townsend said in a statement.

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AAA has projected 51 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home for the holiday.

More than 36,000 Tennesseans polled for the report said they plan to fly to the holiday destination- the highest number of flyers since 2006.

Alternate travel: Travel by trains and other modes (including buses and cruises) is expected to increase 1.1 percent to 58,000 Coloradans.

North Carolina's average gas price is around $2.40 per gallon.

Holiday high: auto rental daily rates will hit a five-year holiday high at $70/day, which may be due to an increase in domestic demand and cost of newer vehicles.

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