As Memorial Day weekend comes to an end, travelers are starting to head home.
VIC CARTER: Heading home after a long weekend, take a live look outside right now at the Bay Bridge where you can see there are cars on the road, but traffic is moving pretty smoothly. Hello, everyone. I'm Vic Carter.
DENISE KOCH: And I'm Denise Koch. Well, it is expected to be another busy travel day. The holiday weekend has already set a record for the number of travelers in the US since the start of the pandemic.
VIC CARTER: Whether you're driving or flying to your destination, more than 37 million people were expected to travel this holiday.
DENISE KOCH: WJZ is live at BWI. Amy Kawata with what you need to know before you plan to travel back home from this holiday weekend. Amy.
AMY KAWATA: Hey, Vic and Denise. Well, airports are especially busy here at BWI. And across the country, DSA say they thought nearly two million US Air travelers, on Friday, the highest number reported since the start of the pandemic.
Triple A predicts a 60% spike in travel from this time last year, both in the skies and on the roads. Here in Maryland, more than 700,000 people are estimated to return after heading out of town for the holiday. With all of the increased traffic, travel times are expected to be about 20% longer than usual, with possible delays in late afternoons and early evenings. Air travel has slowly climbed in recent months. Airlines say bookings have surged due to pent up demand and travelers flying the summer can expect semi normal skies.
At BWI, data shows a steady increase in passenger traffic over recent weeks. The travel rush comes as COVID cases decline to the lowest number of new cases in more than a year. And over half of Americans now partially vaccinated.
GREG SLATER: Of the major airports in the Northeast US, the recover at BWI Marshall is the strongest in the region. Traffic at BWI Marshall Airport this weekend, much like our roadside traffic, could be around 75% of a normal Memorial Day travel weekend.
AMY KAWATA: And although this holiday weekend is wrapping up, the start of the busy summer travel season is right around the corner. If you are planning to catch a flight today, airport officials are reminding travelers to pack some extra patience and to give yourself extra time because long lines are expected. Live at BWI, I'm Amy Kawata for WJZ.