Record number of travelers expected for holidays

Tuesday, December 13th 2005, 4:13 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A record number of people are expected to travel during the Christmas and New Year's holidays in spite of rising gas and other travel prices.

Triple-A Oklahoma says 690,600 are expected to travel 50 more miles by car, an increase of 1.6 percent _ or more than 1,100 people _ over last year. Another 73,200 are projected to fly to their holiday destinations, an increase of 700 airline passengers.

AAA says the average price of gas in Oklahoma is $2.06 per gallon. The nationwide average is $2.18 gallon.

In addition to rising gas prices hotel rates are up about 14 percent over last year and airfares are up by 11 percent.