Archive for Friday, May 17, 2002

Holiday travel plans up, flying plans down

May 17, 2002

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— More Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend than last year's, but fewer will fly, the AAA said Thursday.

Marking the start of the first summer travel season since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the former American Automobile Assn. said 35.2 million U.S. travelers are expected to go at least 50 miles from home on the holiday weekend. That's a 1 percent boost from the 34.9 million who traveled during the same period last year.

"AAA is optimistic that this summer should not only be better than last year but that the travel industry truly is on the road to recovery," AAA Travel Vice President Sandra Hughes said. "Americans are moving past 9-11 and are looking to resume their normal travel habits."

Air travel, however, will continue to lag. The AAA expects 4.1 million airline passengers over the Memorial Day weekend, down 7 percent from the 4.4 million who flew in 2001, before the terrorist attacks.

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