Higher Costs, Longer Lines Await Leisure Travelers This Year – The Columbus Dispatch | CarTailz

Ohioans going on vacation can expect a similar experience to 2019, before COVID led to canceled flights and forced would-be travelers to hold family reunions via Zoom.

That means busy airport terminals and congested highways are back. The only difference will be the price of the trip, which is expected to be much higher due to ongoing inflation.

AAA forecasts that 2.2 million Ohioans will travel at least 50 miles this Thanksgiving holiday, which is 96% of 2019 volume, the nonprofit travel association said in a news release. These Ohioans will face 10% higher travel expenses than last year, the press release said.

The travel association also predicts 216,000 Ohioans will fly over Thanksgiving weekend, up 9.1% year over year and exceeding pre-pandemic levels by 15,000 people.

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