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AAA: Slight Increase in Memorial Day Travel

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May 23, 2011 by   Leave a Comment

Fewer Americans plan to launch their summer season behind the wheel of an automobile this year, but a bump in air travel plans suggests that, overall, more people intend to get away from home this summer.

The high price of gas will deter some people from driving over Memorial Day weekend, the traditional kickoff of summer in the United States, according to a national survey by AAA.

Forty percent of would-be travelers said that gas prices would have an impact on their vacation planning, although nine out of 10 who said they would be traveling planned to do so by car.

A minuscule uptick in the overall number of people who are making Memorial Day weekend travel plans was attributed to increases in air travel.

Last year, a 14% overall jump in the number of travelers was seen as an indication that the country was emerging from recession.

“This year, we expect to add slightly to that gain due to an increase in air travel and an improvement in the overall domestic economic picture,” said AAA President Robert L. Darbelnet.

As the airlines try to rebound from a dreadful profit year in 2010, there are worries that fuel costs could drive up ticket prices.

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