Record Numbers of Americans to Fly and Drive over Christmas Holiday

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - More Americans than ever are expected to
travel over the Christmas holiday.

About 65 million people will crowd onto roads and into airplanes between December 23rd and January 2nd, according to a survey by the Travel Industry Association and AAA.

That would top the record 63 and a-half million who traveled at least 50 miles from home over the holidays last year.

More than 50 million will journey by car, truck or RV, while nine million will fly, according to the survey. Another three million will take buses or trains.

Industry analysts say hotel rates, air fares and gas prices have risen only slightly from this time last year.

And even though air travel has gotten more expensive this year, Christmas fares are about the same as they were last year, according to AAA.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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