Cost of Travel Increasing

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

A lot of people are getting ready for holiday travel over the next couple of months, with Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner.

If you're going to travel by air, you're going to have to pay for it. There are about 80,000 fewer seats available this year because of a decrease in flights, and that means higher prices are expected.

So far, those prices are about seven percent lower than last year, but they are rising by the day, up six percent in just the last week.

Meridian airport officials say if you're going to fly, it's best to buy right now.
With the holidays come a drastic increase in travel.

If you plan to travel by air this year, be ready to pay. Ticket prices for some airlines have been increasing daily, especially for flights on the busiest travel days during the holiday season.

"The most important thing on traveling for the holidays is going to be to buy your ticket early. Shop around, find the best deal, but buy early," said Tom Williams, executive director of Meridian Airport Authority.

Delta flights out of Meridian are already up to nearly $600 to Los Angeles, and are between $400 and $500 to New York, Chicago, and Denver, with stops in Atlanta for all flights.

Traveling from Meridian, you have a handful of options. You could, of course, fly out of Meridian. You could also drive to Jackson, Atlanta, Birmingham, or New Orleans. But if you think flying out of one of the nearby major airports will save you some money, think again.

"This airport belongs to the community, and using your airport is important," said Williams. "Sure, it may cost $50-60 more. It may cost $100 more sometimes out of Meridian, but when you count the cost of driving and the $10-12 a day to park your car at another airport, that difference disappears very quickly."

Some reports say ticket prices may level off, while other reports indicate the steady increase will continue. Either way, the best thing you can do if you plan to travel is buy those tickets early.

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