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Gas Prices Ease Holiday Travel

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EUGENE, Ore. — The day before Thanksgiving is expected to be the busiest travel day of the holiday weekend, and the majority of travelers will be driving.

AAA says about 43. 5 million people will travel nationally during the holiday period. About 7 million of them are in the Pacific region. That’s a decrease of about 2.8 percent from last year. In fact, AAA projects a small dip in holiday travel all around.

Driving remains the dominant choice for travelers this year. AAA estimates that most drivers will pay the cheapest gas prices for the Thanksgiving holiday since 2010.

“Gas prices are definitely a factor and they’re so inexpensive right now it makes it about the same cost as flying,” says traveler Lori McGovern.

AAA estimates about 720,000 travelers in the Pacific region will take to the skies. That’s a decrease of 5 percent from last year. But the Eugene airport still advises passengers to arrive two hours before their flights.

The airport also recommends passengers check their flights for delays or cancellations.  It’s expecting 1,700 passengers to depart from the airport over the weekend. That’s 600 more than an average day.

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