Holiday Travel Numbers Low This Year

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Updated: 11/25/2013 7:20 pm
Karen Fuller is grateful to be with her family for Thanksgiving. Today, she flew in from Boston to be with her son and daughter-in-law. She is one of the 3 million travelers expected to fly for Thanksgiving. Fuller says, "I'm here to visit my son and daughter-in-law for Thanksgiving to have a fun few days together and we don't get together as often as we would like." Not all families will have this luxury. Nonetheless, the Gulfport Biloxi Airport is expecting hundreds of fliers. The number of fliers is lower this year than last year's holiday season. Jim Foster, the Assistant Executive Director of the Gulfport Biloxi Airport, says, "It's going to be down this year, we think because of the economy." This is the same for the rest of the nation. According to Triple-A, fewer are flying for the holiday season. Economic concern could be the cause of the decreasing number of travelers. Foster also says, "It just hasn't recovered the way everyone had hoped it would, so people are just being cautious of their money and time I think." Triple-A officials are predicting fewer families will travel more than 50 miles nationwide this year. Making longer distance visits, like Fuller's are few and far between this year. While flights are down for the holiday season, officials say they've been down for the rest of the year as well.

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