Holiday commuters head home on busiest travel day of year

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CHICAGO -- Sunday was expected to be the busiest travel day of the year Sunday at O'Hare and Midway airports.

Nearly a quarter of a million people are expected to pass through O'Hare and more than 80,000 are set to be at Midway.

The period from Tuesday, November 24 to Tuesday, December 1 will see more than two million travelers at the city's two airports.

Airline industry association Airlines for America says this Thanksgiving will see the busiest nationwide travel period in nearly a decade.

Meanwhile on the ground, Amtrak says it added extra trains out of Union Station in Chicago to keep up with the demand.

Nearly 90 percent, or 42 million, Americans drove to their Thanksgiving destinations this year -- and according to AAA, drivers are seeing the lowest prices at the gas pump since 2008.

The national average is $2.07 cents, 65 cents lower than this time last year.

Both O'hare and Midway saw just a few minor delays. Clear weather made travel by air, rail or car  smooth sailing this holiday weekend.