BOSTON (CBS) – Nearly 900,000 passengers are expected to fly through Logan Airport this Thanksgiving week. According to AAA, 53.4 million people are expected to travel across the country for the holiday.
The AAA says air travel this holiday season is up 80 percent, bringing it back to nearly pre-pandemic levels. Tuesday is expected to be the busiest day at the airports.
Making the trip from Florida, Karen Larkin said she was excited to spend Thanksgiving with her kids in Boston.
“I came for the holidays and that’s it,” Larkin told WBZ-TV. “I have eight children and a lot of grandchildren, so last year it was really hard not being able to be with them during the holidays.”
After a quiet holiday season last year, travelers are taking advantage of celebrating with loved ones this time around.
“We haven’t all been vaccinated, so this year we will try to get it together as a bigger family,” said Sudbury resident Izzy Demodica.
A newly engaged couple, originally from Brooklyn, took three flights from Europe to be reunited with their family this holiday.
“Last year, we’ve done the Zoom thing with the family,” Vincent Fitzgerald told WBZ. “It was a long travel, it was really long and a process with COVID testing and everything, but it was worth it,” Rachel Schumann said.
Covid testing will be available at Terminals C and A in Logan and masks are required for all travelers.
The vaccine requirement for federal workers takes effect Monday, but the TSA does not expect the deadline to interfere with operations.