More Arizonans are driving than flying to Thanksgiving destinations

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by Marie Saavedra

azfamily.com

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 25 at 4:29 PM

PHOENIX -- Nine-year-old Will Hurley and his 7-year-old brother, Luke, arrived at Sky Harbor International Airport's Terminal 4 Monday afternoon. Their annual trip to their grandmother's house has its perks.

"They've got a pool so we can swim in it," Will said.

While the boys focus on the fun, their grandmother said their holiday travel wasn't a hassle.

"It seems to be OK, we haven't had any problems that way at all," Sally Pyne said.

That's good news for the hundreds of thousands of Arizonans headed elsewhere for Thanksgiving. AAA Arizona estimates more than 857,000 of us will travel in the air and on the highways. More than 750,000 will make a road trip. While just 51,000 will take to the skies.

Michelle Donati with AAA of Arizona said it comes down to simple math and convenience.

"Even if you're driving out of state, it's easier to do the drive trips with a family as opposed to flying,"  Donati said.

The Cohen family agrees with that.

"We're from Maryland and we come here in the winter," Jacob Cohen said.

They drove cross-country to the Valley, and aren't done yet.

"Tomorrow, actually, we're going to visit our son in California," Odette Cohen said.

With gas prices staying fairly steady, driving became their obvious choice for travel. Plus, they can pack everything they need for their Thanksgiving trip without worry.


Officials with AAA Arizona said the busiest days for travel will be Wednesday and Sunday, so plan accordingly.

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