BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - AAA Travel is expecting the number of travelers in the U.S. to decrease this year for the Fourth of July weekend. They are expecting 40.8 million Americans to travel 50 miles or more from home, a .8 percent less from last year. The weekend is considered Wednesday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 7th.
The decrease is anticipated because of a shorter holiday period than last year. AAA expects automobile travel to be the dominant mode of transportation, however, the expect air travel to increase slightly.
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Highlights from 2013 AAA Independence Day Holiday Travel Forecast include:
• Holiday travelers to total 40.8 million, a decrease of 0.8 percent from the 41.1 million who traveled last year.
• Eighty-four percent of travelers (34.4 million) to travel by automobile, a decrease of 0.7 percent from 34.7 million last year.
• Holiday air travel expected to increase slightly to 3.07 million from 3.06 million in 2012.
• Holiday travel volume is expected to remain above the 13-year average of 38.9 million for this holiday.
• The largest share of travelers (32 percent) will depart on Wed., July 3, and return on Sun., July 7 (38 percent).
• The average traveler is expected to travel a round-trip distance of 613 miles and spend $747.
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