Busy 4th of July travel expected on roads and through air

By Josh Marcisz | jmarcisz@ktalnews.tv

Published 07/02 2014 06:10PM

Updated 07/02 2014 06:58PM

This week more Americans are expected to take a 4th of July vacation compared to 2013 despite rising gas prices. AAA estimates more than 41-million Americans will travel over 50 miles from their homes. The forecast beats 2013 numbers even though gas prices are running .20 cents higher and at their highest 4th of July level in 6 years.

On Wednesday the national average for a gallon of gas was $3.67 with most ArkLaTex states hovering closer to $3.50.

The Shreveport Regional Airport says many of their July 3rd flights are fully booked and passenger levels have been steadily increasing for the last 5 months.

Delta Airlines began using a Boeing 717 for one of the daily flights between Shreveport and Atlanta. The 110 seat aircraft has first class seating and is larger than the 50 seat regional aircraft used on other routes between the two cities.

'There is demand for those seats and also it instills what we think is the confidence in this market to be even busier than it has been in years past," says Bryant Francis, Director of Airports.

Delta plans to add a second Boeing 717 between the cities on October 1st.

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