As gas prices rise, more to fly for holiday weekend

This holiday weekend, more people heading out of town will take to the air instead of hitting the roads.

According to a new AAA survey, the number of people planning to travel more than{ }50 miles to their holiday destination is expected to be down almost two percent this year, and people who plan to drive will decline by nearly three percent in the Washington region. This is due to finances and soaring gas prices.

The average fuel{ }prices{ }in our area has been 30 cents higher than the national average, and for nearly 60 days gas stayed above $3.75 a gallon.

However, the number of people planning to fly to their destination is up 22 percent.

The three area airports will certainly be busy this weekend.

The survey found that 44 percent of travelers say gas prices are affecting their travel plans. Of that 44 percent, seven out of 10 say they will cut corners on other areas of spending and three out of 10 say they will take a shorter trip or new mode of transportation.