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Holiday travel taking a hit

Chad Naone Chad Naone
Misty Watkins Misty Watkins

By Tracy Gladden - bio | email 

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The day before Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest travel days of the year.

But with the down turn in the economy, holiday travel is taking a hit.

The holidays are a great time to get away and visit family.

"We booked a flight to Maui for vacation to see her sister and it's Emma's birthday on Thanksgiving so it's kind of a special day," said traveler Chad Naone.

It's made even more special with short lines.

"The only long line I see is security, but that shouldn't be too long," said student traveler Misty Watkins. "It's not really that painful, it's pretty relaxing."

Triple A predicts a one and a half percent decline in the number of holiday travelers this weekend, but Honolulu Airport officials says most flights are booked full.

"As a family we prepare for a longer delay and a longer flight so we are always prepared early in advance," Naone said.

Because of limited parking officials urge travelers to come to the airport 30 minutes ahead of their usual arrival time.

"Just go usual time just an hour before the flight I'm not scared of the airport," Watkins said.

More parking is available at all state airports.

In Honolulu, the economy parking lot on Lagoon Drive will be open through December first.

Traditionally, Thanksgiving Day is the slowest travel day during the holiday weekend.

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