“All modes of transportation are down this year. However, most people travel by car rather than by plane or other means of transportation. BUFFALO, NY – Thanksgiving eve is usually one of the busiest times for travel, but this year things were a little different due in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic. Travel officials told 2 On Your Side that Thanksgiving morning appeared to be busy at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, but the crowds died down throughout the day. “It’s a hugely different experience. It’s an experience that really doesn’t attract many people. The biggest difference will be the understaffing,” said Helen Tederous, director of public affairs for the NFTA. Elizabeth Carey, Director of Public Relations at AAA: “Traditionally, people travel the day before Thanksgiving and they go home on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. And all of that is planned well in advance and people have their flights and they are booked. solid. This year has been a lot different. ”Tederous said that compared to what we got used to during the pandemic, there was a slight increase. However, comparing air travel to a typical Thanksgiving Eve, the volume has dropped significantly. “When I say significantly, I mean up to 87 percent less,” Tederous said. There were also fewer round trips than in a typical year. When it comes to travel as a whole, AAA initially predicted a drop of at least 10%, the biggest drop in a year since the Great Recession of 2008. However, due to the increase in COVID numbers since. This prediction, Carey said the decline would be more uniform than that. She added: “All modes of transportation are down this year. However, most people travel by car rather than by plane or other modes of transportation.” Officials said there were many reasons for the drop in travel. A major factor, of course, the CDC and several health experts are advising against this for Thanksgiving.
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