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Busy holiday travel season underway in Las Vegas

An end-of-the-year holiday travel rush is underway across the country, with many travelers in and out of Southern Nevada.

An estimated 113 million people are expected to travel in the 11 days from Friday through January 2, according to AAA data. This represents a 3.3% increase for him over the same time frame last year and is expected to be his busiest holiday season since 2019 before the pandemic.

Of these, approximately 102 million travel by car and an estimated 7.2 million by air.

Brian Ng, senior vice president of membership and travel marketing at AAA Nevada, said in a statement:

The good news for those traveling by car is that petrol prices have fallen in recent weeks. The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.90 in Las Vegas on Wednesday and $4.01 statewide. Prices in Las Vegas are down significantly from an all-time high of $5.61 per gallon set on June 16th.

Those traveling by air this week could face delays or cancellations as major winter storms are set to hit the Midwest on Thursday and Friday. We recommend that you check

A so-called “bomb cyclone” is expected to create widespread snowstorm-like conditions that have a significant impact on airport systems. If any part of the country is affected by severe weather, it can have a trickle-down effect nationwide, resulting in delays or cancellations at Harry Reid International Airport.

More than 1,400 flights to and from the US were canceled as of early Thursday, according to airline tracking service FlightAware, including flights to Chicago and Denver. Las Vegas had 127 delays and 39 cancellations Thursday morning on raids, according to FlightAware.

on the road

Those traveling to and from the Las Vegas Valley should be prepared for increased traffic on most of the 11 days, but some days are more congested than others.

Traffic congestion is expected on Interstate 15 from Las Vegas to Primm Friday from noon to 4 p.m., according to the Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission.

That changes on Monday, when Christmas weekend is expected to be the busiest. RTC recommends that travelers avoid Primm on I-15 Southbound between 10am and 7pm.

RTC expects the I-15 Southbound between Las Vegas and Primm on December 30 to experience higher than normal traffic around New Year’s Eve and less traffic on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

In order to return to Southern California on January 2nd, RTC has instructed us not to travel southbound on Interstate 15 near the state line from 8am to 7pm.

Higher-than-normal traffic is expected from the border to I-15 Southbound from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 3, and less traffic is expected along the Jan. 4 stretch. expected.

For public transport, RTC buses run on Saturdays from December 24-26 and December 31-January. 2.

RTC will also offer free bus rides on all traffic routes on New Year’s Eve from 6:00 pm December 31st to 9:00 am January 1st. Passengers can ride any bus during that time without purchasing a pass or paying a fee.

In the sky

Those departing Leeds Airport on vacation should be prepared for longer-than-usual wait times during pre-flight screening and baggage inspection.

Airport officials recommend arriving at the airport at least two hours before your scheduled departure time, and suggest allowing extra time if you plan to park at the airport.

Traffic on airport roads will be higher than usual due to the expected increase in travelers. Expect delays for drivers heading to both the departure curb and passenger pickup.

Many of the airport’s car parks are also full, including long-term parking in Terminal 1 and economy lots in Terminal 3. The customer will be redirected to an available parking facility, although rates may differ from his two parking garages above.

Airport officials advised us not to waste time parking in the terminal 3 long-term parking lot.

Travelers without checked baggage can pass through the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint in Terminal 3 and take the tram to the departure gate.

Travelers who need to check in baggage at Terminal 1 can use the shuttle to and from the terminal. Shuttles are located at level zero of both terminals and run every 15 minutes.

Be prepared for security checkpoints with proper identification and boarding pass, and do not pack or carry prohibited items. Please visit www.tsa.gov for the latest security checkpoint policies and procedures.

More travelers mean more demand for restaurants at airports and longer wait times.

Contact Mick Akers at [email protected] or 702-387-2920.follow @mickers on Twitter.