Taking off on the busiest travel day of the year

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Updated: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 11:50:26 CST

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the single busiest travel day of the entire year.

Whether people are paying to fill up their tanks or for a seat on a plane, they say the cost is worth it.

Things are running smoothly at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport on Wednesday.

Just days after American Eagle flights heading to Dallas./Ft. Worth were cancelled Sunday and Monday due to weather conditions.

Airport officials say there's a 20% increase in passengers traveling through the airport since Monday.

Every flight this week is sold out.

"We're flying into Las Vegas and then we're driving to St. George, Utah." Said Cindee Fintel of Sutton.

Even with a limited flight schedule, these customers would rather take to the sky, than stick to the roads.

"It's small, it's close." said traveler Carolyn Johnson.

Though, the vast majority of travelers are hitting the streets.

On average, drivers can fill a tank for the lowest prices for this time of year since 2010.

"We've been really busy, especially on the store side." Said Bosselman's employee, Mary Madden. 

A spokesman with Bosselman's Travel Center says the number of travelers picked up Wednesday.

AAA estimates close to 39 million people will travel by vehicle this Thanksgiving.

Only about 3 million will fork out the cash for a plane ticket.

"Our travel plans pretty much consist of leaving 12 hours late." Jay Couch, traveling from Denver to Omaha.

For some people cost isn't the only factor.

"The hassle of getting to the airport, parking, and having our own schedule in my own control. Plus we have a couple dogs." Said Couch.

AAA projects the number of travelers this Thanksgiving is down about 1.5% from last year.

But, the reason today is the busiest travel day of the year is because the primary focus of Thanksgiving is to gather with friends and family. People will go to great lengths to make that happen.