Thanksgiving Travel Busy

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Officials with Meridian Regional Airport expected brisk traffic for the typically busy Thanksgiving holiday.

But this year, a new air service has brought lower fares to Meridian. Officials say they hope that will mean even more people traveling.

Silver Airways is offering fares as low as $99 one- way to Atlanta.

"It's much easier with the new airline here, Silver Airways," said Julie Holt, who was traveling Wednesday to Atlanta. "It's much cheaper and it's more convenient to go over there and come right back."

"Unlike a lot of the big airports, we're small, we're convenient. You don't have to come out two hours early," said Tom Williams, airport president. "If you're here an hour before your flight time, that is plenty of time."

About 3.5 million people are expected to travel by plane nationwide during the Thanksgiving holiday.

State troopers in Mississippi will also up their ranks for the holiday weekend which runs through midnight Sunday.

Public safety officials say additional manpower will help make sure motorists and their families reach their holiday destinations safely.

Thanksgiving is one of the deadliest for alcohol- related deaths. It's second only to the New Year's holiday, according the National Transportation Safety Board.