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Holiday Travel

St. Louis Lambert International Airport. August 2018
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Roadways and airports are expected to be busier than usual this Thanksgiving holiday.

The AAA Club of Missouri anticipate more than 1.1 million residents to travel over a 10-day period covering Thanksgiving. That’s an increase of roughly 5 percent from last year.

St. Louis Lambert International Airport
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Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is preparing for a surge in visitors as the busy travel period surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Day begins Friday.

Public Relations Manager Jeff Lea says the airport is expecting a 15 to 20 percent increase from normal passenger traffic at peak travel times over the next two weeks.

“The biggest travel day prior to Christmas for air travel is going to be Friday,” he said.

In addition, he adds that holiday travelers can expect to be flying with a significant number of men and women in uniform as well.

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  The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be in full effect this Independence Day, with more officers on the road to enforce speed and safety rules. Interstates 44, 55, and 70 will have state troopers stationed every twenty miles on July 3 and July 7.

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Now, try not to freak out while travel agent Gayle Ailshie looks for a ticket.

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It didn't take the guards, though, for us to realize that it was time to go.