MORE than 2,200 flights have already been canceled as travelers land at airports at the start of Memorial Day weekend.
Transit centers may become even more chaotic, as more Americans are likely to plan to travel this holiday weekend than last year.
As of 19:00 EST, there were 2,231 flights canceled as reported by FlightAware. The number continued to increase throughout the day.
In addition, more than 14,500 flights were delayed worldwide, according to the website.
Experts say the demand for travel has increased significantly since the pandemic abruptly ended the majority of travel in 2020.
The national cost of gasoline has risen to $ 4.60, which is 50 cents higher than last year. Some states, such as California, pay up to $ 6 for a gallon of gas.
On average, the cost of mid-range hotel rooms is sold for $ 230, an increase of 42 percent from last year. The lowest cost of a plane ticket is $ 184, which is an increase of 6 percent from the year before.
Some travelers have opted to stay closer to home due to rising travel costs, but still want to leave home to celebrate the “unofficial” start of summer.
“Now that the fear of COVID among travelers has significantly disappeared – and despite inflationary pressures – people are determined to get out of there,” Amir Eylon, president of Longwoods International’s travel and tourism market research consulting firm, told the Washington Post.
AAA predicts that about 40 million people will travel nationwide this weekend.
One of the reasons why more people are expected to travel is probably because Covid vaccines are more available to the public than last year.
“I think this year, especially with vaccines that are readily available and a lot of people who are vaccinated, a lot of people have a desire to travel,” AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Ragina Ali told the Washington Post.
A AAA survey found that one in three people said that Memorial Day trip will be their first major summer trip since 2019.
According to a survey by a Washington Post-Schar School poll72 percent of Americans plan to take a trip this summer.
In Maryland, officials advise people to visit their beaches early in the morning or later in the day in an effort to reduce travel congestion.
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