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Thanksgiving Crowds At Sioux Falls Airport

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Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year, as millions of Americans hit the roads and the skies to make it home in time for the holiday.

Travelers at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport Wednesday say it is more crowded than usual.
However, when compared to airports in larger cities, the crowds really don't compare.

If you are like Karen McNeal, a former California resident heading back for Thanksgiving, you have likely seen plenty of LAX, an airport that by comparison, makes the Sioux Falls Airport seem pretty empty.

"This is a wonderful airport, there's hardly any waiting, the traffic is easy, parking is great, you're not taking shuttle buses to get up to the front,” said McNeal.

"I've lived in Seattle before, so this is nothing,” said Andrea Sabo, traveling here from Charleston, S.C.

"It's a lot quieter here, this is definitely the busiest I've seen Sioux Falls Airport in a while,” said Ann McLaughlin, here from Dallas to visit family.

"It's been pretty light, we were expecting it to be a little bit more consistently steady,” said Sarah Vetter with Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Even though some say the Sioux Falls Airport is relatively busier, Vetter says there have been fewer car rentals.  

She says renting 50 cars a day is about average.  Today they rented around 40, but Vetter says there is a reason.

"Something that kind of deterred people from renting is just their family was willing to come pick them up as opposed to them driving,” said Vetter.

But no matter how you're traveling this Thanksgiving, it's the finish: spending time with family, that makes it all worth it.

"Getting to see my family, haven't seen them in 3 months so it’s going to be great,” said McLaughlin.

AAA says close to 18 percent of South Dakota residents will be traveling for Thanksgiving.
That's about a 4 percent jump from 2010.
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