WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Nearly 20% of Kansans are expected to travel this holiday week for Thanksgiving, according to AAA Kansas. 

Travel numbers are expected nearly hit pre-pandemic, or 2019, numbers. Officials at Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport in Wichita said Tuesday's turnout was busy but "so far so good."

"If we can get to Dallas, and we can get to Atlanta, we could drive and make it to our cruise in time, so we had lots of backup plans in place, but I don't think we're going to have to use any of them," passenger Shelby Rivera said. 

Officials expect Wednesday to be the busiest day at the Wichita airport, with about 2,700 scheduled passengers. The airport is encouraging travelers to pack tightly and get to the airport at least two hours early.  

"In the morning between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m., that's our busiest time of day," Valerie Wise with the Wichita Airport Authority said. "That's when it's going to take longer, and then again from about 11 to 12:30."

Despite high gas prices, AAA Kansas estimates the majority of travelers will hit the roads. Gas prices across Kansas, on average, are up about 30 cents from last year. 

On Tuesday, gas prices in some parts of Wichita hit $3.09, a welcome number ahead of Mark Fortune's trip to Oklahoma for the holiday. 

"Finally, we're starting to see some reprieve," Fortune said. "Normally, it always goes up during the holidays." 

AAA Kansas is expecting to receive over 1,300 calls for roadside assistance this week. 

"You just have to play it by ear and be flexible and try to relax with the whole thing, because if you're too stressed, that just makes it worse," Rivera said.