AAA projects record-breaking holiday travel

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Rapid City, SD AAA expects a record-breaking 103 million Americans will travel this holiday season.

Rhonda Keller, a branch manager for Triple A South Dakota, said "People are definitely getting out on the road and traveling this year."

Nearly 280 thousand South Dakotans are expected to travel this holiday season.

With more than 90 percent kicking into gear - and driving to their destination on the roads.

Keller said "They're actually on the road now."

Gas prices are actually about $0.20 higher than this time last year but that's not stopping travelers.

Keller said "People still feel good about the economy. They feel good - gas prices are still relatively low."

But, a possible Christmas blizzard, could slow down traffic.
Keller said "And with the upcoming storm - we're just wanting everybody to be safe."

Triple A reminds drivers to stay prepared - check windshield wipers, inflate tires, and charge phones before heading out.

The organization expects to help close to 2 thousand cars across the Mount Rushmore State with the storm.

And they're not the only ones keeping busy.

Patrick Dame, the executive director of Rapid City Regional Airport, said "This is a busy time for the airport, so we are working through getting customers in and out of Rapid City."

Rapid City Regional Airport is seeing up to one thousand passengers flying in and out daily.

The airport is also gearing up for the storm - with equipment and plows on stand-by. Officials are already watching the weather models and say wind could make a big difference.

Dame said "And that we're working to do our best job to make sure the airplanes have a place to land out here safely and that people can safely get to the facility."

And the best way to stay up to date on the weather...
Dame said "Your airline is the best place to go to get that information."

Information on delays and cancellations can also be found on Rapid City Regional Airport's website.