Air Travel Down for Memorial Day

Air Travel is expected to be down this Memorial Day weekend.

According to AAA, air travel is expected to be down eight percent from last year. About 2.3 million people are set to travel by air  as compared to 2.5 million last year.

Total travel is expected to decrease slightly by about 0.9 percent with a total of 34.8 million people traveling away from home between Thursday, May 23 and Monday, May 27.

“Auto travel continues to be the most popular mode of travel. Approximately 89 percent of holiday travelers will be driving, most likely anticipating lower gas prices in many area,” said Jim Lehman, president, AAA East Central.

A survey revealed that gas prices wouldn’t have an impact on plans for 62 percent of travelers. Others said they would cut costs in other areas, take shorter trips or use other forms of transportation.

Since national gas prices peaked at the end of February, motorists nationwide have felt welcome relief at the pump.

Anticipated spending is also down this holiday. Most will spend about $659, six percent less than last year.

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