Midweek Christmas Creates Travel Conundrum

By: Katie Stukey Email
By: Katie Stukey Email
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For the 5th year in a row, holiday travel is on the upswing, but don't expect to see more people checking in at the airport. Air travel is projected to be down by about 80,000 people across the U.S. between December 21 and January 1.

Watching a handful of travelers head toward security inside Eppley Airfield on Tuesday morning, one TSA employee looked almost disappointed. "It's dead around here," she told our WOWT team.

The decrease likely has to do with Christmas falling in the middle of the week. Many businesses and governments, like the city of Omaha, recognize only Christmas day as a holiday which means no long weekend to head out of town. Council Bluffs gave its employees both Christmas Eve and Christmas day off.

Despite a drop in airline bookings, AAA expects about 700,000 more people will travel by car this holiday, compared to the same time in 2012. That's nearly 86-million people sharing America's roadways.

Nationally, drivers will find slightly more expensive fuel at the pump than last year. The national average is currently $3.25/gallon. The Heartland is an exception. Fuel is $0.14 cheaper in Nebraska than it was at the end of December 2012. It's currently averaging $3.08/gallon.

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