Nothing like dueling lobbyists. In this case, it’s cars vs. planes in a PR battle between the auto club (AAA) and a trade group called Airlines for America. The issue is Memorial Day travel and both sides say their traffic figures are up.
31 Million Will Hit the Road
As always, most will drive – to a nearby beach or a campground or maybe just to a friend’s BBQ bash. AAA estimates more than 31 million in the U.S. will get behind the wheel sometime between Thursday through Monday (May 23-27) for a drive of 50 miles or more.
The auto group also says the number of people boarding planes during the holiday will decline by about 8% and they explain this drop as a result of “fee fatigue” and higher fares.
209 Million Will Fly U.S. Airlines Globally
Wait just a minute, says the airline group. According to its chief economist, “It’s a great time to fly as airfares remain a bargain.” The airline folks say they expect a typical Memorial Day travel pattern – which apparently means about the same as last year – but they also forecast an overall increase in summer passenger traffic about 1%. However, that figure – an estimated 209 million passengers – includes travelers from around the world who will be flying on U.S. airlines.
Will You Fly or Drive on Memorial Day
We’d love to hear about your plans for the Memorial Day weekend. What’ll it be: Flying, driving or sticking close to home? If you do want to get out of town, check the Deals Blog for any last-minute specials – there are still a few cheap flights out there.