Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and Americans will kick off the season by traveling in near-record numbers. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, nearly 5 percent more than last year and the most in more than a dozen years. With nearly 2 million additional people taking planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, expects that travel delays on major roads could be up to three times longer than normal, with the busiest days being Thursday and Friday (May 24–25) as commuters mix with holiday travelers.

Here are some of the forecasted travel volume stats reported by AAA about this record-breaking holiday travel weekend.

  • Automobiles: The majority of travelers – 36.6 million – will hit the road this Memorial Day (4.7 percent more than last year).
  • Planes: 3.1 million people will travel by air (a 6.8 percent increase and the fifth year of consecutive air travel volume increases).
  • Trains, Buses and Cruise Ships: Travel across these sectors will increase by 2.4 percent to 1.8 million passengers.

These projections from AAA are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Markit, a world leader in critical information, analytics and expertise, and information gathered by INRIX. Historical travel volume estimates come from TRAVEL PERFORMANCE/MonitorSM, a comprehensive study measuring the travel behavior of U.S. residents, by DK Shifflet, an MMGY Global company.

For more information on the busiest days and times to travel and more insights, read the full AAA article here.