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Busy holiday travel season predicted


Although driving accounts for the bulk of out-of-town trips, air travel is up this year -that's about 150,000 people in Virginia alone, but the winter weather that's plaguing so much of the Midwest may impact plans. 

Bring out the books and the caffeine. It could be a long day for some travelers, especially if they land on the list of cancellations and delays at Richmond International Airport- mostly stemming from the winter storm up north.  

The airport has only seen a handful of cancellations mostly from New York and New Jersey, but the list of delays deepens.  

Terri Hicks is waiting for her daughter to come home for Christmas, but bad weather delayed her flight from Massachusetts. 

"No sense in stressing because they aren't going to change it - just have to go with the flow," said Hicks.  

It's never a bad idea this time of year when the number of travelers doubles at RIC - reaching 10,000 to 11,000 people each day.  

Airport Spokesman Troy Bell always encourages patience and proper planning especially when traveling during the busy holidays.  

"The biggest thing is time," said Bell. "Give yourself enough time at the airport. Richmond is not a huge airport but it's not a small airport. It takes some time to get through the ticket counter and past screening and all that."

The roads and airports will still continue to stay busy until the holiday travel period wraps up January 6. 

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