AAA: Nearly 39 Million to Travel for Holiday

By: From 13 News
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TOPEKA -- The travel season is kicking into high gear as cold weather and holidays quickly approach. AAA forecasts 38.4 million travelers are expected to travel 50 miles or more for the Thanksgiving holiday this year, a 1.4 percent increase from 2008. In Kansas’ region of the country, 4.3 million people will be traveling over the holiday.

“Holiday travel this year is expected to rise as people are enthusiastic to spend time with their family and friends,” said James R. Hanni, AAA executive vice president, Kansas Region & Public Affairs.

“Thanksgiving continues to be an important time to visit loved ones and enjoy the holiday season.”

AAA anticipates 33.2 million travelers will take to the road this holiday weekend, an increase of 2.1 percent compared to last year. Approximately 3.9 million residents in the West North Central will drive to holiday destinations this year. Steady gas prices are helping drivers budget fuel costs this holiday season. Current gas price average in Kansas is $2.56/gallon.

An estimated 2.3 million travelers are expected to fly to holiday destinations this Thanksgiving, a decrease of 6.7 percent compared to last year. This decrease is largely due to reduced capacity by airlines. Approximately 2.9 million Americans are expected to travel by other means of transportation, including trains, boats and buses, a 1.2 percent overall increase compared to last year.

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