Thanksgiving travel rush in full swing, expected to carry through weekend

An estimated 55 million people are expected to travel by car or plane for Thanksgiving this year.

An estimated 55 million people are expected to travel by car or plane for Thanksgiving. KSAT's Allysa Cole gives you a glimpse of how travel is looking in San Antonio.

San Antonio – Nationwide, the Transportation Security Administration said they expect to screen as many as 2.5 million people. It would be a new high since the coronavirus pandemic.

The San Antonio International Airport was busy all day Wednesday well into the evening. Travelers said airports for connecting flights to San Antonio are filled.

“I was on United and then I was American Airlines. I got a delay, it was a whole mess. I had to call like 12 people. It was a disaster but I’m here now and really excited,” said Ohio traveler, Danny Maledeo.

Other travelers said they had more of an easy-going, smooth holiday travel experience.

“No delays like I was expecting, more people in the airport than there were. It was no big deal at all,” said out-of-town visitor, Jessie Barring.

According to AAA, 55 million Americans are expected to hit the roads or take to the skies for the holiday week. Majority of travelers, an estimated 49 million, are expected to drive.


About the Authors:

Allysa Cole is a news reporter at KSAT 12. She joined the station in September 2022. She previously worked in the Rio Grande Valley at KGBT, KRGV and Azteca Valle. She started her career at WHPM FOX23 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, after graduating from University of Southern Mississippi. Allysa is a Detroit native.

Adam Barraza is a photojournalist at KSAT 12 and an El Paso native. He interned at KVIA, the local ABC affiliate, while still in high school. He then moved to San Antonio and, after earning a degree from San Antonio College and the University of the Incarnate Word, started working in news. He’s also a diehard Dodgers fan and an avid sneakerhead.