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Memorial weekend travel back to pre-pandemic levels: What to know before taking to the road or sky

Posted at 2:00 PM, May 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-27 07:44:25-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Memorial Weekend is here and from the road to the skies, it is going to be a busy travel weekend. AAA reports travel in the days leading up to and after Memorial Day are at near pre-pandemic levels.

According to AAA, airports will see about 600,000 more travelers this year compared to 2021 and about 500,000 more travelers on the roads nationwide.

AAA 2022 Memorial Day Travel Forecast
AAA 2022 Memorial Day Travel Forecast

Gerald R. Ford International Airport says their busiest day for travel is Thursday, May 26, but dozens of flights are scheduled each day all throughout the weekend. According to the airport's Chief Operating Officer Alex Peric, it's a good idea to arrive at least two hours before your scheduled flight time, especially if there are any last-minute changes.

Due to the nationwide pilot shortage and weather delays, flight delays can't be ruled out. The pandemic forced many pilots to retire early, with airports slowing down training and hiring in 2020.