Record Thanksgiving travel expected across Carolinas

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — Record holiday travel is expected during the week of Thanksgiving in the Carolinas.

Wednesday, November 21 to Sunday, November 25 are the busiest days to travel.

AAA Carolina predicts that 1.35 million North Carolinians and 732,000 South Carolinians will travel 50 miles or more for the holiday. That’s the largest number, since 2005.

“Thanksgiving is the kick off to the holiday travel season. With record-breaking numbers year after year, we expect to be busy this year as well,” said Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority. “With just a bit of advance planning passengers can have an exceptional travel experience.” 

To relax and enjoy your travel the Charleston International Airport suggest you arrive early, pack carry on luggage wisely and check flight status with air carriers on the airport website at You are also encouraged to allow yourself plenty to time to find parking, especially during busy travel periods.

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