Local & Regional
Thu August 25, 2011
Fewer to Travel
Oklahoma City, OK –
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Fewer Oklahomans are expected to travel over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
AAA Oklahoma says the number of Oklahomans taking a trip by automobile or by airplane is expected to be about 371,000, a 2 percent decline from 2010.
AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai (May) says uncertainty about the economy and increased air fares are affecting travelers' decisions this year.
While the average price for self-serve regular gasoline in Oklahoma is 88 cents higher than it was in 2010, AAA Oklahoma officials believe that will have less of an impact on travel plans. The average price of gas in the state is $3.45.
Nationwide, AAA is forecasting 31.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home for the Labor Day weekend, down from 32.3 million a year ago.