MILWAUKEE -- More than 55 million travelers are making plans to kick off the holiday season with a trip of 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving. This will be the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since AAA began tracking in 2000, trailing only the record set in 2005.
In Wisconsin, more than 1.1million people will be traveling for the holiday weekend, which is a 2.9 percent increase from 2018. Of those travelers, more than 1 million will be driving (up 2.7 percent from 2018) and 97,000 will be flying to their destination (a 5.4 percent increase from 2018). Gas prices across Wisconsin are on average $2.38, down from 2.47 last month and down from $2.58 a year ago. The average price nationally for gas is $2.61.
IMPORTANT NOTE from Mitchell International Airport: If you are picking up family or friends flying in for the Thanksgiving holiday Wednesday, the airport is encouraging drivers to park in Hourly Parking and avoid traffic congestion on the Baggage Claim roadway. The first 30 minutes are free in Hourly Parking, giving you plenty of time to walk into the terminal, meet arriving passengers, and help with their luggage.