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Air travel busy at ILM this Thanksgiving holiday

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While some drivers are struggling to leave Wilmington by ground, others are turning to the air for the busiest travel day of the year.

AAA expects almost 40 million people to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday; about one million more people than last year. Most airports will see a decline in passengers, but ILM has seen an increase in the number of people traveling by plane.

“They can get in – it’s very easy to go through our check point versus a much larger airport,” said ILM director John Rosborough. “You don’t have the hassle. We’ve got plenty of close parking, and our air fairs are very competitive.”

Those who were willing to spend the money on a plane ticket did their best to cut travel costs.

“They’ve made checked bags somewhat of a hassle and it’s what 50 to 75 dollars extra. I’m only going for 5 days, so I can cram it all into a little bag,” said traveler Michael Brown.

Whether flying or hitting the road, travelers were worried about weather delays on this busiest travel day of the year.

Brown added, “I was a little concerned because the weather hasn’t been so good, but it seems everything is working out well.”

While the day got off to a smooth start, travel officials warned of increasing delays. Rosborough said, “As the day goes on that time line will get a little bit longer. Once it starts, it’s kind of like a domino effect.”

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videoWhile some drivers are struggling to leave Wilmington by ground, others are turning to the air for the busiest travel day of the year.

AAA expects almost 40 million people to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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