Travelers pack up and take off for Thanksgiving

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Thanksgiving is a busy travel period, as loved ones head out to see one another for the holiday. A storm headed for the east coast may impact travelers in the airways and on the roadways.

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The Buffalo Niagara International Airport will be packed with anxious travelers on Wednesday. Nearly 25 million passengers will fly on United States airlines domestically and internationally during the Thanksgiving period, according to Flight Aware. That’s a a 1.5% jump over the number of travelers same time last year, and 31,000 more passengers than an average day. travel restrictions

The AAA is expecting 46 million Americans to travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend. Ninety percent of them are traveling by car. That would be the most travelers since 2007.

If you’re headed across New York State, you may be impacted by a traffic update. Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued travel restrictions across the state, starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Long tandem vehicles will be banned on the Thruway between Westmoreland and Albany, and from Exit 24 in Albany to the New York City line. Starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday, commercial vehicles will be banned on Interstate 84, going in both directions from the Pennsylvania border to the Connecticut border. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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