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Thanksgiving Travel Expected To Break Records

This Thanksgiving could set travel records as an estimated 30.6 million people will board a plane over the long weekend.

An industry study said airline travel will likely reach an all time high, up five percent from last year’s Thanksgiving weekend.

Krishna Patel, with Sky Harbor airport, said they expect Wednesday and Sunday to be the most crowded.

“It's gonna be a busy travel season so we're expecting about an increase of 20 percent over thanksgiving from our normal operations," she said.

There will also be more travelers on the roadways than in previous years. AAA predicts over 48 million people will drive 50 or more miles to visit friends and family.

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Claire Caulfield first joined KJZZ as an intern in 2015 and now wakes up before the sun to produce and report for Morning Edition. She graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2017 and covered education policy in the nation's capital, election night in New York City and Native American issues for Cronkite News/ Arizona PBS. Before joining the Morning Edition team, she also worked on a documentary about rap music in the deep South and directed a film on drinking-water quality in the United States.On the weekends, you can find Claire flying her photography drone or working her way through the Pulitzer Prize book list.