Holiday travelers flying into Ashwaubenon say it's a smooth experience

New sign to welcome visitors to the Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport, August 14, 2017. (Photo courtesy Austin Straubel International Airport)

ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- For travelers landing at Austin Straubel Airport Friday, they tend to have stories of crowded airports.

Ledyard Long told FOX 11, "Chicago was crowded, Chicago was kind of a mess, Denver was not bad, which I was kind of surprised."

But, when he flew into Ashwaubenon, he said, "We were surprised at how quiet it was here because we've been inundated with people all day, kind of coming in from Denver and it got quiet when we showed up."

Long flew in from Colorado for the holidays, going through three airports. According to AAA Wisconsin ,118,000 Wisconsin residents are expected to fly; that's up 5,000 people compared to last year.

Shelby Servais flew into Milwaukee from Florida last week.

She told FOX 11, "It was crazy. I had to wait an extra hour just to get my luggage."

But when she came to Ashwaubenon, she said, "I didn't have any expectations but it's really quiet and no one is here."

Airport director, Tom Miller, said in a statement, "With Christmas falling on a Monday and New Year's on a weekend this year, many people are taking an extra vacation day or two to extend their vacation time even further."

Long said, "Monday is great, then we have the rest of the week to travel and get home."

But with the unpredictable Wisconsin weather, Long came with a back-up plan.

He said, "My trip plans are through the 26th, but I understand the weather is pretty crazy so we don't have our hopes up on leaving on the 26th."

For people traveling by car, AAA expects 97.4 million people to hit the road.

Two million of those travelers are expected to be from Wisconsin; that's up 67,000 people from last year.

AAA's assistant vice president, Vicky Evan, says more Americans are traveling because of the stronger economy and growing consumer confidence.

If you're traveling into or out of northeast Wisconsin by car, says gas has fallen a couple of pennies per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.35, higher than the two most recent Christmas weeks, but cheaper than the six Christmases before that.

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