Thanksgiving weekend expected to be one of the busiest on record

PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- It may sound like dejà vu, but the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend is expected to be one of the busiest on record, with an estimated 54 million Americans traveling for the holiday.

In Phoenix, a spokesperson for Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport said the airport is expected to be about 20% busier than usual, and she is advising people to leave early, and expect longer lines and wait times.

On Monday, lines at Sky Harbor's Terminal 4 were seemingly endless. Airport spokesperson Heather Lissner said the day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after are usually the busiest, so she advises drivers to use the PHX Sky Train station, instead of the main pick up and drop off areas.

"It's very important that drivers use that 44th and Washington Street exit, so they're not stuck in traffic coming in and out of the airport," said Lissner.

Earlier in 2018, FOX 10 Phoenix reported that this 4th of July was the busiest for travelers in 18 years. AAA officials say the strong numbers are due to a strong economy, and some travelers agree.

"This year, we rented a car. Typically, we just chill in my parent's car," said one traveler. "My brother and sister came out, and we had an extra hotel room and stuff, so we have been more comfortable this year, as opposed to other years."

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