CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – New Year’s Day marks the end of the holiday travel season as people journey home on Sunday and prepare for a new year.
New Year’s Day 2023, and the observed holiday on Monday, rounds out a busy travel season, one defined by delays. An estimated 112 million people were expected to travel 50 miles or more between December 23rd and January 2nd.
It’s the third busiest holiday travel season since AAA began tracking it in 2000. 7.2 million Americans decided to fly and were met with a cascade of delays all over the country.
Thousands of flights were canceled for inclement weather last weekend, and those continue to have ripple effects on Saturday. So far, just three delayed departures out of Bradley International airport on Saturday, and there was only one delay out of Logan International in Boston.
AAA didn’t flag any of the major New England travel corridors as areas for concern this week and while minimal traffic is expected on Sunday, it could be congested on Monday. January 2nd is forecasted to be one of the three most congested days on the roads this season. An estimated 2.25 million Bay Staters are expected to be hitting the road.
With gifts being given, toasts received, and well wishes shared, many are heading home and it looked to be smooth sailing on the Mass Pike so far.
“Actually it has not been bad at all. On the way up here there was like nobody out,” said Charlie.
With New Year’s Day falling on a Sunday, many Americans will enjoy another day off Monday, giving everyone a little extra time to travel home from their New Year’s Eve destinations.
Those on the road Sunday are noticing a whole lot of flex on gas prices which made on-route fill-ups a bit of a gamble.
One of the motorists, Paul told 22News, “Depending on where you are stopping you have to be pretty selective it seems like. Lately the gas prices have been dropping a little bit, but its certain places. You gotta find the right gas station.”
If you have a drive ahead of you, on the first or the second, AAA says the worst time for congestion, especially on Monday, will be between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.