More than 110 million people will travel either by car or airplane during the holiday season

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Let’s talk about holiday travel! More than 110 million people expected to hit the roads starting December 23rd through January 2nd, that’s according to Triple AAA.

Today starts the busiest day for holiday air travel as well. Airlines are projected to carry 6.4 million passengers. With covid and the new variant omicron, travel flights have increased since last year, including at the Duluth International Airport.

The availability of the COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots offers the protection we did not have last year, which gives people the security to keep their holiday travel plans booked.

"We are doing better. Last year everybody was hunkered in. So our passenger numbers were higher this year than they were last year. This year is a lot busier even with the variant that we’ve seen that hasn’t had any effect on that yet," says communications and marketing director Natalie Peterson.

When it comes to traveling *back home from the holidays, experts say it is better to travel on Tuesday, January 4th, or later if you can.