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Memorial Day weekend trips expected to increase this year

For many, Memorial Day Day marks the unofficial start of summer. AAA predicts that over 39.2 million people will travel this holiday weekend.

Whether by car, plane or even by train, travel is expected to grow by 8.3% compared to last year.

Three million people are expected to take to the skies this holiday, according to Triple-A. San Luis Obispo airport officials say they’re seeing an increase in traffic and are approaching pre-COVID passenger numbers.

“We have 14 flights a day and 14 flights a day. The planes are almost full, if not full, said Courtney Pene, deputy director of the SLO County Airport. “People need to remember to be patient and kind because everyone wants to have fun somewhere.”

It’s another thing to hit the road despite record gas prices.

“You know, we planned it in advance, but you can only go out once, so let’s just go on a trip,” said Lancaster resident Keith Blackwell.

Triple-A predicts a total of 34.9 million people will travel by car this Memorial Day.

“We have everything in the budget and all that, but these gas prices are killing. I think our dad paid $140 just driving here and he actually came in a truck,” said Christine Sanmiguel of Visalia, California.

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