Holiday travel picks up but it’s still below pre-COVID pandemic levels

HONOLULU(KHON2) — The day before Thanksgiving is typically one of the busiest travel days of the year, and travelers said their flights were crowded.

“Full, yes, very full,” said Chayanas Vivasa, who is visiting with her husband and two kids from Los Angeles.

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Richele Racurma, who just arrived on a flight from San Diego, said there were a few spaces left on the plane, but it was still pretty full.

Nearly 21,000 visitors had already been screened by 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, and thousands more were expected to arrive Wednesday night. Many said they have been waiting a long time for this moment.