Low gas prices fueling Labor Day weekend getaways

Published 08/29 2014 06:39PM

Updated 08/29 2014 06:59PM

It's a relief for drivers looking to make a quick holiday weekend trip: low prices at the pump.

"It helps out a lot,” says Patrick Deen, who plans on driving to Monroe. “I put $30 in here, and that fills up my entire tank, and I can get there and back on 30 bucks, so that's a lot better than what it normally is."

According to AAA, nearly 35 million Americans will be heading at least 50 miles away from home this weekend.

"We have a statewide average of about $3.23, but in the metro Shreveport area, we're talking about $3.17 a gallon,” says Don Redman, AAA Public Relations Specialist. “That compares to about $3.42 last year."

Normally around this time of the year, we see gas prices go up across the country.

Even with the dip in gas prices, some are choosing to fly to their destinations.

"This weekend, we do see a lot of our planes going out,” says Mark Crawford with Shreveport Airport Authority. “We have about 21 flights going out today, and most of them are full. A lot of them are sold out."

Brooklynn Hamilton, a Minnesota native, travels every Labor Day weekend.

This year, she had to drive from Texarkana to Shreveport to catch her flight home to Minneapolis.

"I fly because it's easier and quicker than driving in the car."

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