AAA: Year-end holiday travel expected to break records
Mirroring other holiday travel periods in 2017, this holiday season will again feature a record-breaking number of traveling Americans with 107.3 million forecasted to travel from Dec. 23 to Jan. 1, according to AAA.
“In fact, across the board this year, travel has increased year-over-year for every major holiday weekend — Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving — and we project the same for the year-end holiday period,” Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president of travel and publishing, said in a statement. “We’ve seen the strong economy and growing consumer confidence fuel holiday travel all year long.”
The 107.3 million holiday travelers AAA forecasts this year is the “highest year-end travel volume on record.” Versus the holiday period last year, which was actually one day longer in 2016, there will be a 3.1% increase in travel volume; at the time, 2016 held the record of 103 million traveling Americans. Holiday travel has grown more than 25% since 2005.
National Park Service Slashes Free Days
In yet another move that’s drawing criticism, the National Park Service has announced it will significantly reduce the number of days that visitors may enter its parks for free.
There will be four no-cost days in 2018, according to the Associated Press. That represents a 60 percent cut from 10 free days during 2017 and a 75 percent reduction from 16 free days in 2016.
The fee-free days will be Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 15), the first day of National Park Week (April 21), National Public Lands Day (September 22) and Veterans Day (November 11).
Qantas announced late Thursday that it will use its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners to open a non-stop route between San Francisco and Melbourne, Australia.
The Australian carrier did not give a start date, saying only that it anticipated the San Francisco-Melbourne flights to start “by late 2018.” Ticket sales would begin in “early 2018.” The Melbourne route will compliment
Qantas’ existing San Francisco service to Sydney, which the airlines flies with Boeing 747s.
Power Outage Snarls Travel at Atlanta Airport
A power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is snarling air travel to and from the world’s busiest airport.
“A power outage has impacted several areas in the airport. #ATL officials are working to remedy the situation. Additional updates to come” tweeted the airport around midday on Sunday.
A power outage has impacted several areas in the airport. #ATL officials are working to remedy the situation. Additional updates to come
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