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The AAA reported that during the Thanksgiving weekend holiday 43.6 million people are going to travel at least 50 miles, most of them by car.

Airports announced that this year fewer people have booked tickets compared with the same period last year. Officials say that this year the number of Americans choosing to fly on Thanksgiving weekend has dropped 11%, marking the fewest number of passengers since 2009. On the other hand, Orbitz reports that this weekend most airplanes will be full.

“We’re not expecting a big drop in the number of people on planes. People still want to get away this weekend,” said Jeanenne Tornatore, with Orbitz.

But almost 40 million people will choose travelling by car, the most since 2007, mainly due to the fact that gas prices are at moderate levels. Drivers pay $3.41 per average gallon of gas, with 6 cents more compared with the same period last year.

People in the Northeastern United States are facing a problem: the rental companies do not have enough cars after Hurricane Sandy has destroyed thousands of vehicles. A solution to this problem was to bring cars from other parts of the country and also to keep the older models, which they would have normally sold to used-car dealers.