INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Millions of people are expected to travel this holiday season.
While some will go by air, others will travel by car.
Some people had no choice but to wait until Christmas Eve to travel. If you still haven’t left for your holiday destination — time is running out.
From the airport to the highway, the rush is underway for millions of people on Christmas Eve to get home for Christmas.
“We’re going home — Baltimore. We’re going to Baltimore then Virginia,” said Wade Gault of Maryland.
Gault and his family waited for their departing flight out of Indianapolis International Airport. They were in a hurry to get back home.
“Unfortunately, he’s got a basketball game on the day after Christmas, so we have to get back. We didn’t want to travel on Christmas Day so we had to travel Christmas Eve,” Gault said.
The Gaults are not alone traveling the day before Christmas.
According to AAA, from Tuesday, Dec. 23 to Sunday, Jan. 4, 98.6 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this holiday. That’s 4 percent more than last year.
Those numbers are not just for flying. Many others will travel on the highway.
At the MegaBus stop on Washington Street, Michael and Natasha Moore waited to board the bus. They’re heading to Cincinnati. They said it’s been several months since they’ve seen their family.
“Fourth of July. Yep. Fourth of July weekend,” they said.
The Moore’s said their plan is to be with their family for Christmas.
To make sure the roads are safe, INDOT said they will have drivers working 12 to 16 hour shifts to be ahead of any inclement weather.