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AAA predicts increase in holiday travelers as gas prices continue to drop

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

As gas prices continue to drop to their lowest numbers in five years, millions of Americans are expected to hit the roadways this week during the Thanksgiving holiday, according to AAA.

"This year, more Americans will give thanks for the opportunity to travel to friends and family than any year since 2007," said Marshall L. Doney, AAA President and Chief Operating Officer. "Americans are more optimistic about the future as improvements in several key economic factors, including employment, GDP and disposable income, are boosting consumer confidence and the desire to travel."

AAA projects 46 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this week, the highest number of travelers for the thanksgiving holiday since 2007. Of those 46 million, AAA projects 90 percent will travel by automobile.

"Holiday joy has come early this year with Americans likely to pay the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2009. Lower prices are increasing disposable income and enabling families to carve out more money from household budgets for travel this Thanksgiving," continued Doney.

The lower price of gas during the holiday travel season is welcome news for drivers around the Baton Rouge metro area.

"It's good to see for a change" said Perry Key. "We always hear about gas prices rising so it's good to see that they're lowering for a change. It makes you more prone to go and travel to places by vehicle" he added.

AAA also predicts air travel to increase this Thanksgiving holiday travel week, with 3.5 million people taking to the skies.

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