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Quiet airports, low gas prices encourage Thanksgiving travel

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Thanksgiving travelers are getting a bit of a break at the pump this year as Lubbock gas prices are at $3.05 a gallon, 30 cents cheaper than the national average.

Triple-A estimates travel for the weekend will be up 4 percent compared to last year, but some people headed out on I-27 on Wednesday would rather be flying.

Thanksgiving airfares are expected to be 20 percent higher than last year, with the national average lowest fare at $200. Martah Carr who is flying to Dallas says despite that she would rather pay more to spend extra time with her family.

"To get back home before work it's better for me to drive than being all stressed out by the time I get home," Carr said.

Flights are generally running on time, and crowds relatively small on Wednesday.

"I came from New Orleans, Louisiana and the airport wasn't that busy. I expected it to be busier. We almost missed our flight here from Dallas," said Tanika Burlingame.

"I came from Salt Lake City Utah and the airport there was really quiet," said Tory Bair.

Still with quiet airports, some families say they would rather burn rubber.

"There are three of us going so it will be a lot cheaper to drive," said Karen Hays.

TXDot warns that Thanksgiving is the most dangerous travel weekend of the year, so drivers are encouraged to buckle up and stay safe.

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