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On the road again
By Times staff
Published November 21, 2007
[Melissa Lyttle | Times]
Patience is a virtue for Sophie Schroer, 6, as she waits in line at Tampa International Airport's Southwest ticket counter for her mom, Bettie Coplan, to get their boarding passes and check in for their flight home to Phoenix, Ariz.
2,673,336: People expected to travel more than 50 miles in Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday by car, plane, bus and train. That's a 2 percent increase over last year.
$3.09: Average price of regular gasoline in Tampa on Tuesday, compared to $2.18 a year ago.
60,000: People expected to fly in and out of Tampa International Airport today through Monday on 270 daily flights, up from 250 last year.
100,000: With passengers, greeters and employees, people expected to pass through Tampa International Airport each day through Monday.
50 minutes: Average delay in departures from Tampa International to JFK as of 2 p.m. Tuesday as cloudy weather slowed arrivals and departures from northern Illinois to Maine. Other average delays from Tampa:
Chicago O'Hare: 91 minutes
Boston: 42 minutes
Reagan National: less than 15 minutes
Philadelphia: 52 minutes
Sources: Tampa International Airport, faa.gov, www.tampagasprices.com, Florida Highway Patrol, AAA