About 668,000 Arizonans are expected to travel this Labor Day weekend, according to AAA, which is an increase of 1.3% from last year and matches the national increase. More than 557,000 Arizonans plan to drive to their Labor Day destination, which is about 1.4% higher than last year.
Though Arizonans are currently paying $3.46 per gallon for gas, which is up 12 cents from last year, gas prices won't be a major factor in determining if consumers will travel over the last summer holiday. Michelle Donati, AAA's Public Affairs Supervisor, says that the improving economy is contributing to the increases. This greater consumer confidence has led to more spending which generally means people are doing more travelling. This is a trend that AAA has seen all summer long and they've seen a gradual increase for all three summer holidays, starting with Memorial Day, July 4 and now Labor Day. For Arizona, Labor Day tends to be not the busiest summer holiday because for some, school has already been in session for a month. For more on Donati's interview with Arizona Business News on Labor Day weekend travel, click here.
More people will be travelling by air, with almost 58,000 Arizonans planning on flying to their Labor Day destination. This is a 1.5% increase from last year.