AAA Arizona: More Arizonans headed out for Labor Day weekend

Posted at 4:36 AM, Aug 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-26 07:36:14-04

Many Arizonans are deciding to travel during the final three-day weekend of the summer.

About 1.5 million Arizonans are projected to travel over Labor Day weekend, according to AAA, the largest leisure travel agency in North America. That’s a 4.7 percent increase of over last year.

Most travelers will trade the heat for cooler climates, including Southern California and the high country of northern Arizona. 

Highlights from AAA’s 2016 Labor Day forecast:

  1. Hit the Road: More than 1.2 million Arizonans (80 percent) plan to drive to their Labor Day destination. This represents a 6 percent increase from last year. AAA expects Arizona drivers will pay the lowest Labor Day  gas prices in more than a decade.
  2. Eyes on the Sky: More than 273,000 Arizonans (18 percent) plan to fly to their Labor Day destination. This 5 percent decrease from last year is due to an increasing number of Arizonans taking more close-to-home drive trips this holiday.

The 1.5 million Arizonans expected to travel for Labor Day brings the total number of Arizonans who will travel or have traveled over the three summer holidays to more than 5 million.

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