Highest holiday travel expected since 2007

Thanksgiving holiday travel could reach its highest level since 2007, AAA officials said Friday.

More than 5.6 million Californians plan to travel 50 miles or more during the four-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to the latest travel survey from AAA.

Officials said the 5.6 million travelers represents a 3.9 percent increase compared to 2013.

AAA Northern California spokeswoman Cynthia Harris said in a statement:

 

“Increased disposable income is spurring an increase in consumer spending.And for Californians, this post-recession boost and the desire to travel will make this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday a well-deserved celebration to be spent with family and friends.”

AAA projects more than 600,000 of the travelers will fly, and 192,000 state residents will travel via other modes of transportation including boats and trains, increases of 2.7 and 4.8 percent, respectively.