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Airport, roadways busy this Thanksgiving weekend

Ashley Hirtzel

It’s business as usual at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Wednesday, even though a storm headed for the east coast could have an impact on travelers.

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Director of Public Affairs Doug Hartmayer says so far, most flights are arriving and departing on time and there are no delays at security check-in.

Hartmayer says his advice to travelers worried about the storm is to check-in online at BuffaloAirport.com before they head to the airport.

“I can’t forecast what mother nature is going to do to us and to the east coast, but based on the weather forecast, I think it would be in everybody’s best interest to also check with your individual airline to make sure you’re getting the most current and up to date information,” said Hartmeyer.

Travel on area roadways this Thanksgiving weekend is expected to be the highest it’s been since 2007. According to AAA, 46.3 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more. Ninety percent of people will be traveling by car to their destination.

AAA of Western and Central New York Public Affairs Specialist Steve Pacer says when it comes to the storm headed for the east coast his advice is to remain calm.

“I think you need to call your family or call the hotel where you’re traveling to and ask how the conditions are there. If you have to wait and delay your trip, that might be the best situation. Obviously everyone wants to spend Thanksgiving together, but if you have to wait until Friday to be on the safe side that might be worth it,” said Pacer.

Pacer says he believes positive signs in the economy and lower gas prices are the cause for the spike in travel Thanksgiving weekend.