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Triple A Projects Holiday Air Travel To Increase This Year

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Saturday marks the beginning of the holiday travel season Triple  A estimates more than 90 million Americans will take a trip.

"I'm going to Pittsburgh," says David Ivaschenko. But Pittsburgh is more than just home to the Steelers.

"The last four New Years I haven't spent with my family," says Ivaschenko.

Ivaschenko lives in Panama City, but today he's one of millions headed elsewhere for the holidays.

"I get the best of both worlds," says Ivaschenko. "I'm down here in Florida getting sun in December at 75 degrees and I'm going home in 30 degree weather."

In fact, Triple A projects 93.3 million Americans will travel between today and January 1st, which is a 1.6% increase over last year.

Triple A also predicts that on average, Americans will travel 760 miles roundtrip this holiday season...which is up from last year as well. However, Triple A says that's expected because they're also predicting more Americans will take to the sky this holiday season.

At Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, lines formed at security and check-in but didn't last long.

"I was expecting it to be pretty much linger of a line so I got here a little bit early but it's good, it's fine," says Tyler Sweed.

Sweed is in the military and goes home once a year for Christmas and despite a high fare ticket, traveling has been smooth sailing so far.

While air travel is projected to increase by 4.5% this year, Triple A also predicts 90 percent of Americans will make their trip by car. Gas prices remain at record highs for this time of year but Triple A says the average of gasoline will slowly drop through the end of the year.