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Holiday Travel Could be Busiest Ever

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With more than 93 million Americans set to hit the road for the holidays, this weekend could break records.

That's a 1.6 percent increase from last year and just 400,000 people shy of breaking the record set back in 2006.

A number of factors could play a role in the amount of travel this weekend, from lower gas prices to families feeling better about the economy.

"Primary economic indicators all show modest improvement from last year and AAA is projecting an increase in the number of Americans stuffing their stockings with airline tickets and hotel reservations," said AAA President and CEO Robert Darbelnet.

Airline is expected to increase to 4.5 percent, to 5.6 million travelers from 5.4 million in 2011. However the majority of those traveling this weekend will actually drive. Over 84 million will travel 50 miles or more in the car between December 22 and January 1.

That's about 90 percent of all holiday travelers an 89 percent increase from just six years ago.

Travel volumes for the year-end holidays are generally very stable, only once in the past decade has there been a change in travel volume greater than five percent.


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