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Holiday Travel Surge: Record-Breaking Numbers and El Paso Insights

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- As the holiday season unfolds, a staggering surge in travel is underway across the nation, as projected by AAA.

Anticipating over 115 million Americans venturing for Christmas and New Year's—marking a remarkable increase of 2.5 million from the prior year—travel hubs are bracing for record-setting numbers.

According to AAA, airports are set to host around 7.5 million travelers during the festive period, surpassing the 2019 record, while average ticket prices show a slight dip, offering last-minute opportunities for eager travelers.

Beyond the national surge, local updates are shaping the holiday journey experience, especially for disabled veterans in Texas and New Mexico. According to El Paso International officials, for those with New Mexico license plates, the gesture of complimentary short-term parking for up to five days and free long-term parking adds an extra layer of festive generosity to their travels.

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