Thanksgiving holiday travel underway across Virginia

AAA is predicting a record number of travelers in the skies and on the roads this Thanksgiving, the most since 2005.

Thanksgiving holiday travel underway across Virginia
Inside the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) (FILE) (Source: WVIR)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, V.A. (WVIR) - AAA is predicting a record number of travelers in the skies and on the roads this Thanksgiving, the most since 2005.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is monitoring conditions across the commonwealth, and the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) has extra staff on hand Wednesday, November 27.

"Interstate 81, you're going to find a lot of congestion on there on Wednesday and especially on Sunday. On Sunday in particular we will see congestion on Interstate 81 pretty much throughout… from Roanoke all the way up to Staunton, and we sometimes run into some trouble spots where [Interstate 64] and 81 come together in Augusta and Rockbridge County,” VDOT Spokesperson Ken Slack said.

Traffic Operations Control Center in Staunton.
Traffic Operations Control Center in Staunton. (Source: WVIR)

Thirty-two flights are scheduled every day this week at CHO, seven more than a typical day. Airport officials said folks could expect the busiest traffic between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. Fliers should plan to arrive 90 minutes before their flight to get through security.

“Leave additional time for parking, and then as you’re doing that, make sure you have everything,” CHO Marketing Specialist Stewart Key said. “If you are worried about your flights. or anything like that, check our website at gocho.com to make sure that your flights are on time.”

TSO check point at Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (FILE)
TSO check point at Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (FILE) (Source: WVIR)

Fliers should also check the TSA website to make sure they have all of the documents needed to travel.

That will help things run as smoothly as possible.

CHO isn't expecting any weather delays Wednesday, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

VDOT expects Sunday to be the busiest travel day. Experts suggest planning your trip home Saturday, or leave early Sunday morning to avoid traffic.

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