CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Whether its a vacation to rest and relax or a trip out of town to see extended family and celebrate with a Thanksgiving meal, many who live in the Lowcountry will take to the roads and friendly skies this week.
Charleston International Airport officials expect more than 110,000 travelers this week, up 10,000 from Thanksgiving week 2017. They’re asking people to try and arrive at least two hours before a flight in order to get through security where extra staff has been added in order to handle the crowds.
“Allow yourself plenty of time to park, so we use our remote lot, which is okay, because a shuttle will bring you right in front of the terminal," Charleston County Aviation Authority CEO Paul Campbell Jr. said. "Sometimes it’s easier than parking in the service lot.”
On the roads, AAA says more than 700,000 South Carolinians will travel 50 miles or more. Nationwide, 54 million Americans will travel for the holiday, which is the largest number since 2005. Across the country, 48.5 million people will hit the road this Thanksgiving, which is nearly five percent more than 2017.
Eleven-year-old Addison Elder is looking forward to taking her first flight.
"I"m going to Denver to see my family and friends," Elder said. “My mom was like do you have your shoes, do you have everything, do you have your charger do you have your phone charger do you have everything, do you have your phone.? I’m like okay I got it.”
Chase Meertens drove from Atlanta to Charleston Tuesday night with his family to beat the traffic.
“My mom was like do you have your shoes do you have everything, do you have your charger do you have your phone charger do you have everything, do you have your phone. I’m like okay I got it.”
“With an eight and nine-year-old, my wife and a one-year-old puppy it’s a little hectic,” Meertens said.
More law enforcement are on the roads to help keep you safe.
AAA says higher wages, more disposable income and rising levels of household wealth have contributed to more travelers this holiday season.