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AAA's annual travel forecast shows millions of people are expected to take a trip this Memorial Day weekend.

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Frontier Airlines announced Tuesday that it’s returning to Wichita after five years away.

Frontier will offer nonstop flights to and from Denver three days a week — Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays — starting Aug. 30.

The low-cost airline ended its daily flights in Wichita in 2012, citing underperformance.

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If you’re heading out to visit family or take a vacation in the next two weeks, be sure to pack your patience: A record number of people are expected to be traveling this holiday season.

AAA forecasts more than 107 million Americans will take to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation from Saturday through Jan. 1. That’s a 3.1 percent increase in travel volume compared with last year.

Jennifer Haugh with AAA Kansas says this will be the highest year-end travel volume on record.

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This week is the single busiest travel time of the year. The travel and insurance agency AAA says millions of Americans will hit the road, hop on trains or take to the skies to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends. Holiday travel is up from last year, and the highest it's been in more than a decade.

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The security area at the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport was pretty quiet earlier this week. But with Thanksgiving less than a week away, that’s going to change.

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Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport has rolled out additional security measures at its TSA checkpoints.

Travelers are now required to remove all electronics larger than a cell phone from their carry-on bags for X-ray screening. That includes items like tablets and disk drives.

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This Memorial Day weekend is expected to break travel records. Forecasters say that one million more people will travel this year compared to last year.

AAA says that 39.3 million people will travel at least 50 miles away from home for Memorial Day weekend. Despite a recent rise in gas prices, 88 percent of those – about 35 million – will be in cars.

Travel growth has continued for three years. AAA attributes that to more confidence and more consumer spending in general in the U.S.

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A new report ranks Wichita as one of the top 10 safest cities for drivers in the U.S.

The report is offered as a safety reminder as millions take to the road this holiday weekend. Insurance experts say July 4th is the deadliest day of the year for drivers.

The "Allstate America’s Best Drivers" report measures vehicle collision frequency in the 200 largest cities in the country. The data shows the average driver in Wichita experiences an auto collision every 12.5 years, which is 20 percent less often than the national average of every 10 years.

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More than 3 million people in Kansas and the region are expected to travel this July Fourth weekend—most of them by car.

It will be the highest number of Independence Day travelers since 2007, according to Triple A. Across the country, nearly 43 million people are set to travel this weekend.

Jennifer Haugh with AAA says low travel costs are a factor: Airline tickets are low and hotels prices are down, and in Kansas, gas is the cheapest it’s been since 2005.

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33.9 million travelers are expected to hit the road over Memorial Day weekend—the most since 2005 and the second-highest total on record.

According to the AAA Memorial Day Travel Forecast, summertime gas prices are the cheapest they’ve been in 11 years, which is helping boost auto travel over the holiday. Gas prices averaged $2.10 in April. On May 19, the cost of fuel was 45 cents per gallon lower than the price a year ago.