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AAA Predicts Increase in Holiday Travel

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AAA Travel expects 2.7 million Virginians will travel 50 miles or more from home during this holiday season, which is a slight increase from last year.  In central Virginia, the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport is experiencing some delays and cancellations and Amtrak is expecting a busy weekend.

Saturday the airport saw a steady stream of travelers and family members waiting for their loved ones.  Some travelers were grounded - one flight to and from Charlotte was cancelled and an arrival from Dulles was delayed. An airport spokesperson says it has been busy since University of Virginia students let out for winter break. The airport plans to stay that way through the holidays.

The Charlottesville Amtrak station was fairly quiet during the day Saturday, but an attendant says that is not the case when certain trains arrive. Close to 150 people filled the train to New York Saturday morning, and Amtrak is expecting another rush later in the evening.   Christmas is the station's second busiest holiday after Thanksgiving.

The year-end holiday travel season goes right on up to when we ring in the New Year. AAA says the number of people expected to travel in Virginia is nearly the highest it has been in a decade.

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