Although buses, trains and airplanes were packed on Sunday, traffic moved steadily as millions of people traveled home after the long Thanksgiving weekend.
“Surprisingly smooth, no complaints,” said one traveler at O’Hare International Airport on Sunday, the busiest travel day of the year. “It’s really been okay. It hasn’t been too crazy.”
The Chicago Department of Aviation expected almost two million people to pass through Chicago airports between last Tuesday and Sunday. CDA said they expected 330,000 passengers to travel through Chicago airports on Sunday alone, with 250,000 at O’Hare and 78,000 at Midway Airport.
Looking around inside O’Hare Airport on Sunday, one never would have guessed it was the busiest day of the year. There were no delays thanks to the clear weather and everything ran smoothly.
“Seemed like a flawless flight,” said John Dreisbach who was traveling with his wife and four kids, including a toddler. “I don’t know maybe we are not the right couple to ask.”
Dreisbach said it was one of the best travel days his family has had in a while.
Meanwhile on the roads, AAA estimated nearly two million people would be driving through Illinois.
Nikki Heikkila, who rode into Chicago on a Greyhound bus, said that she saw little traffic on the road. The real congestion was inside the bus, which was more crowded than usual, she said.