PENNSYLVANIA (WHTM) — People are gearing up to travel this Labor Day weekend, and the Turnpike Commission says traffic volumes are expected to be higher than last year.

The Turnpike Commission says between Thursday and Monday of Labor Day weekend is generally when people are traveling for the holiday, with Friday being the busiest travel day.

The commission says close to 2.8 million people are expected to be traveling on the Pennsylvania Turnpike over the holiday weekend, with traffic volumes expected to be 1.5% higher than last year.

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More cars are expected to be on the road this year nationally, as well, and could approach the all-time record set in 2019 before the pandemic, according to Arrivalist, which tracks and forecasts road travel using GPS data.

This comes as gas prices continue to drop but remain high compared to a year ago. According to AAA, the average price of gas in Pennsylvania is higher than the national average, with Pennsylvanians paying an average of $4.07 per gallon.

“We’re seeing much less concern about gas prices, but there’s still that lingering concern of inflation — is everything going to cost more when you get there? And then the final thing that’s driving more and more Americans to the road is just the fact that more than 25% of flights have been delayed this year,” said Arrivalist Founder and CEO Cree Lawson.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission says with an increase in traffic, it will have patrols and safety teams throughout the system.

Meanwhile, for air travel, off-duty pilots were at the picket line protesting massive flight delays and cancellations. Pilots from Delta, United, American, JetBlue, and Spirit were picketing at around a dozen major airports, including Chicago’s O’Hare and New York’s JFK.

The Department of Transportation has demanded airlines do better. It launched a new website that lists which airlines owe travelers for various flight disruptions.