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AAA: Memorial Day Holiday Travel Up


A new travel survey finds an increase in the number of Californians planning to leave home over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

AAA says 4.3 million Californians plan to travel, up two percent from a year ago and the biggest increase since the recession of 2008.

“We have seen higher numbers for this Memorial Day than ever before," says AAA's Cynthia Harris. "I’m sure everyone that is involved in the travel industry is smiling right now.”

Based on the survey that AAA commissioned, more than 3.5 million Californians will be driving over the three-day weekend, up 1.4 percent from last year. More people will be flying too.

“Air travel is expected to increase by 2.4 percent," says Harris "with over 400,000 Californians expecting to fly to get to their holiday destinations.”

Harris says average airfares will be up about six percent from last year.

The AAA survey also finds a 6.5 percent increase in the number of people traveling by rail, bus and boat.

Steve Milne

Morning Edition Anchor & Reporter

Steve is the Morning Edition anchor for Capital Public Radio. He covers stories on a wide range of topics including: business, education, real estate, agriculture and music.  Read Full Bio 

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