Air, vehicle travel to ramp up over Labor Day holiday weekend


People will be taking flight and hitting the road in large numbers this holiday weekend.

Despite higher gas prices, vehicle travel is forecast to return to near pre-pandemic levels, as it did for the Memorial Day and Independence Day weekends this summer, according to AAA Oklahoma.

“Travel volume will likely reach pre-pandemic levels as people prioritize vacations and travel celebrations they haven’t felt confident taking in the previous two years,” said Leslie Gamble, AAA Oklahoma manager of public and government affairs. “Even with higher prices on gas and other components of travel, people are taking long-dreamed-of trips as well as returning to traditions such as trips to lakes, seasonal entertainment venues and sports.”

Labor Day airfares are up 20% from last year and 30% from the same period in 2020. Mid-range hotel rates are up 53% from the pandemic-impacted holiday weekend in 2020. Car rentals are costing an average of 32% more than in 2020.

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