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Fair Weather, Falling Gas Prices Help Thanksgiving Travelers | California News

Travelers gather in a waiting room at the Amtrak's Baltimore Penn Station, Tuesday, November 20, 2018, in Baltimore. Beneficial weather…

Travelers gather in a waiting room at the Amtrak’s Baltimore Penn Station, Tuesday, November 20, 2018, in Baltimore. Beneficial weather helps make the Thanksgiving trip a smooth start. On Tuesday Tuesday only a few dozen flights had been interrupted around the United States. There are fewer cancellations than many regular travel days. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky) Associated Press

Mild weather and falling gas prices help thank owners get where they go and save some money.

Airports around the country were busy Wednesday, leading to more than 1500 delayed flights in the early afternoon on the east coast. However, only about 75 flights were interrupted with about 40 of them in San Francisco, according to FlightAware tracking service.

“It has been a good day so far. The weather has been very cooperative,” said American Airlines Ross Feinstein. “It’s busy, but this Sunday and Monday will be faster travel days for us.”

Travelers traveling by car could benefit from a major drop in gas prices as a result of lower oil prices. The nationwide average pumpe price on Wednesday was $ 2.60 per gallon, down 25 cents from a month ago.

GasBuddy, a price comparison site, said prices were below 2 dollars per gallon in nine states, with several others floating just over that brand.

“We’ll see the national average go down because there are still drops in the pipeline,” says GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHaan. He estimates that US drivers spend $ 100 million less on gasoline every day than one month ago.

AAA forecasts the busiest travel period for Thanksgiving since 2005. Most people who are traveling for at least 50 miles from home will drive a car, according to the auto club. AAA spokesman Robert Sinclair credited a strong economy and increased consumer confidence, “and when we have some time built into our schedules we utilize it.”

Much of the country was blessed with mild weather, but it was expected to change in some areas. Rain moved in along the west coast and contributed to delays in places like San Francisco, where the Federal Aviation Administration said that arriving flights drove almost two hours late on average.

In northeastern forecasts, freezing temperatures for Thanksgiving Day, although the holiday itself is traditionally an easy travel day.

Aside from the weather, US airlines’ kiosks hit offline cards on Wednesday morning. The airline said that no flights were delayed due to the problem, which seemed to be fixed at dinner.

The day before Thanksgiving was a more difficult day before. Many Americans traveling over vacation start now before and return later, spreading crowds over several days.

The busiest day ever for the Transportation Security Administration Airport was Sunday after Thanksgiving in 2004, but seven out of the 10 best days occurred this summer, including five days at the end of June.

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