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No more driving amid canceled flights

This Independence Day weekend is expected to be the second busiest for travel since 2000 with record numbers of Americans planning to hit the road, according to AAA’s holiday travel forecast.

The big picture: Historically high gas prices aren’t expected to stop more Americans from driving, and the holiday weekend road trip is still on the cards for more than 52% of consumers surveyed by The Vacationer.

Driving the news: Recent flight delays and cancellations could fuel the 0.4% increase in the number of drivers, AAA said, estimating the share of people traveling by air over the holiday weekend will be the lowest since 2011.

  • Airlines already know July 4 weekend travel will be a mess, writes Axios’ Joann Muller, noting that Delta is trying to get customers to rethink their plans by offering free rebooking to spread the rush of flights. vacation trips.

What they say : “There’s a lot of pent-up demand from COVID-19 to travel, so a lot of people will still be doing it on July 4 and this summer despite inflation and gas prices,” Eric Jones, co-founder of The Vacationer, says Axios.

  • “Driving offers flexibility that flying does not, and airline ticket prices are currently outpacing inflation,” said Jones, assistant professor of mathematics at Rowan College South Jersey.
  • “People are ready for a break and despite things getting more expensive, they’re finding ways to keep taking that much-needed vacation,” said Paula Twidale, senior vice president of AAA Travel, in a press release.
Petrol prices drop ahead of bank holiday weekend

The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline is down four cents since Monday at $4.85, AAA said Thursday.

  • Lower oil prices and lower demand have pushed prices down at the pump, and as “these trends continue, drivers will likely continue to see relief at the pump,” AAA notes.
  • The five states with the largest declines in their average gas prices are: Wisconsin (−14 cents), Delaware (−14 cents), Indiana (−13 cents), Florida (−13 cents) and ‘Ohio (−13 cents).
Best time to travel 4th of July weekend

Friday, July 1 is expected to be the busiest day for holiday weekend air travel, according to AAA.

  • For those driving, Thursday and Friday are expected to be peak traffic days, per AAA.
  • The 4th of July is expected to be the lightest for air travel.

By the numbers: Sunday, June 26 has been the busiest air travel day of the year so far, according to the TSA.

Rollback: Thousands of flights were canceled or delayed over the June 16 and Father’s Day holiday weekend, reports Axios’ Rebecca Falconer.

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