Most travelers over the holiday used their cars

Monday, November 26th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Thanksgiving is over and most people have returned from holiday trips - and most came back by car. Airline travel continues to be down since the terrorist attacks.

News on Six reporter Emory Bryan says after September 11th, people stayed home and delayed trips - and some in the travel industry were worried that would carry over in Thanksgiving - the first big travel holiday since the attacks. For the most part, it didn't. More people decided to drive than fly - despite low airfares offered by the airlines.

Some people are still worried about flying - and about terrorist attacks - but demand for air travel is picking up. But about 87% of people drove on trips over Thanksgiving, which could be the result of very low gas prices - for most people it was cheaper to drive than fly.

Rick Bickford with AAA of Oklahoma: "If the weather holds out and the gas prices stay on the good side for consumers Christmas travel at least on the automobile side will remain strong."