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Holiday travel could set a record

Posted at 10:42 AM, Dec 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-20 10:42:54-05

Are you headed to Grandma's house this weekend for the holidays?  You might want to be strategic about when you hit the road.

AAA Western and Central New York says the number of people visiting family and friends this year is expected to break records.  Because both Christmas and New Year's Day fall on Sundays, higher than normal travel volume is expected both on the roads and in the skies.

Travel experts think Friday, December 23rd, will likely be one of the busiest days as people make their way to their Christmas destinations.  The majority of travelers will drive to visit family.  Gas prices are up a few cents in recent weeks, but AAA says they're much cheaper than years past.

If you're planning to fly from the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, the NFTA director of public affairs said he expects Friday and Saturday will both be busy.  It's recommended that fliers get to the airport 90 minutes before their departure, and air travelers were reminded to follow the 3-1-1 regulations for their carry-on bags.  Upwards of 13,000 people are expected to fly from the airport each day in the week leading up to Christmas.