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Airport Travel for Thanksgiving Increases

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While the majority of Americans will travel by car this Thanksgiving, more than three million Americans are planning to fly, according to AAA, and Wednesday is expected to be the busiest travel day of the holiday weekend.

At the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport there were not many lines going through security. Airport officials say no longer than about a 10 minute wait. This could be because most of the travelers are flying here for Thanksgiving as opposed to departing.

Overall, the airport says travel has increased about three percent for the Thanksgiving travel period, running full flights and seeing about 15 hundred people during a peak period.

Nationwide, Wednesday is expected to be the busiest travel day for Thanksgiving, and while it has been very active at ECP, airport officials say it is after Thanksgiving that the airport has the most bookings.

"It's interesting this year. We're seeing a lot of traffic today and tomorrow actually coming in to Panama City, and our biggest outbound days will probably be on Monday," says John Wheat, Executive Director of the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport.