Holiday travel expected to be down nearly 30% amid pandemic surge

Written by on December 21, 2020

Holiday travel expected to be down nearly 30% amid pandemic surge

By Brittany Sweeney

December 21, 2020

Photo| Brittany Sweeney / WLVR

The holiday season is upon us and with it typically comes some of the busiest travel days of the year, but the coronavirus pandemic is having an impact.

WLVR’s Brittany Sweeney has more on what to expect during the holiday rush.

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Three-quarters of Americans are expected to stay home during the holidays according to AAA.

The Director of Travel For AAA East Central Sally McCorrison says they expect travel to be down around 29% – meaning 34 million more people staying home than in years past.

“We still expect about 84.5 million people to travel and that will be pretty much 96% by car, which is about 81 million people still going out there getting in a car and going somewhere.”

McCorrison says airlines are expected to take the biggest hit – with air travel predicted to be down about 60% leaving about 2.9 million people flying.

The holiday travel period extends from December 23 to January 3.

State health officials, meanwhile, are encouraging state residents to stay at home and avoid gathering indoors with people outside their immediate household.

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