Oregon travelers head out for Thanksgiving holiday

Over the 5-day period PDX officials expect to see more than 266,000 travelers

Travlers at PDX, November 22, 2017 (KOIN)
Travlers at PDX, November 22, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Wednesday is expected to be one of the busiest travel days of the year at PDX with 63,000 travelers estimated to be taking to the air this day.

AAA expects this to be the busiest travel week since 2005 with 50.9 million Americans travelling. They said 89% are expected to drive and only 8% to fly.

Early Wednesday, it was relatively quiet and amazingly efficient at PDX, even with the increased travelers. On a normal day, about 51,000 travelers go through the airport in Portland.

PDX — Arrivals, Departures

Sunday will be the next busiest day, and over the 5-day period PDX officials expect to see more than 266,000 travelers. PDX is marking its 5th-straight year with record-breaking travel, and this year more than 19 million travelers will go through one of the best airports in the country.

The big tips: pack your bags correctly and get there early. Even though it’s smooth and efficient now, it’s always possible some issue will appear to clog the line.

Travlers at PDX, November 22, 2017 (KOIN)
Travlers at PDX, November 22, 2017 (KOIN)

Driving

If you’re driving to Aunt Madge’s, it will be wet up and down the I-5 corridor from Seattle to northern California. Showers are also likely in the mountain passes, but there won’t be icy conditions.

The snow level will remain at pass level. Central and Eastern Oregon temperatures will stay nice and mild, so only a few scattered showers and high snow levels for that region.

Police are warning travelers not to drink and drive. One out of every 3 deaths during the Thanksgiving holiday last year were from drunk driving, according to highway officials. To help keep roads safe, many police agencies around Portland are adding extra patrols.