Thousands head to ABIA to travel home after Thanksgiving

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by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News and Photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on November 25, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 25 at 7:01 PM

AUSTIN, TX -- Sunday morning started off as a busy day at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA).

Extra crews directed traffic as a hundreds of people loaded luggage out of their cars and said their final goodbyes. The Thanksgiving holiday has come to an end and now it's time to fly back.

AAA Texas estimates 3.3 million Texans traveled for the holiday. That's up 1.6 percent from last year. And of those leaving home, 206,000 of the travelers are doing it by air.

Most people say they breezed through the lines on the trip to Austin. 

"It was very smooth," said Sara Davison who is now headed back to San Diego.

"It was actually pretty easy," agreed Phil Madrid who had just arrived back in Austin from Detroit.

Still some, including Paige Ostos, had a few challenges. She came from Orlando to Austin on Wednesday.

"Airport was really busy," Ostos said. 

Travelers here at ABIA were told to expect a steady stream of traffic throughout the day. According to a AAA study, 36 percent of the people who traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday planned to return Sunday. That's more than any other day after Thanksgiving. Still, travelers say the crowds haven't been too bad.

"It's kind of the busiest weekend of the year right? So I thought it was going to be a mess and traveling with two kids, but it was really smooth," added Madrid.

Davison agreed. "So far it looks okay. I hope it doesn't get worse than this."

A hope shared by many as they head their separate ways and prepare to do it all again one month from now for Christmas.

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