Let’s all take a moment… breathe, and come to terms with the 48.7 million Americans who will travel 50 miles or more between Wednesday and Sunday. Yep, over one million more travelers than last year will take to the skies, highways and seas this Thanksgiving holiday, according to AAA and HIS Markit.
AAA’s Holiday Travel Forecast suggests that increased travel has been spurred by improvements in the economy in the second half of this year, including rising wages, increased consumer spending and overall strength in consumer confidence.
Some will enjoy the crowds. Others will inevitably be annoyed. What each person who will be flying has in common is their total dependence on aviation maintenance professionals (AMPs). By consistently maintaining aircraft, AMPs ensure the safety of each passenger on every flight. With the highest travel rates since 2007, this is an immense responsibility.
Travel by air will reach a 10-year high this year, the fifth consecutive year of growth in Thanksgiving air travel. Two of the top ten destinations for travel, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, are located near National Aviation Academy’s Tampa Bay campus. Of those who won’t be traveling, many Floridians will be staying put to enjoy the sunshine while our New England counterparts brave the cold.
There is much to be thankful for this holiday season. Though travel might be stressful, aviation mechanics put in a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes to make it go smoothly. That said, consider thanking an AMP for helping you, or your loved ones, travel this holiday season! They are the hardworking men and women who ensure we make it safely home.