More people will travel this Labor Day weekend

“After two years of pandemic restrictions and shutdowns, people really have this desire to get out,” said AAA’s Doug Shupe.

SAN DIEGO — Millions hit the road, as well as the airport for Labor Day weekend.

A recent AAA poll found that 32% of people plan to travel in the next few days, despite inflation, high gas prices and flight delays.

“Very excited! It’s super pretty. I love the palm trees. I flew over the Grand Canyon. It was a great time,” said Charity Stanley, who flew to San Diego from Michigan on Friday.

She is one of hundreds of thousands of people who will pass through our airport over Labor Day weekend.

“What we expect from September 1 to 6 is approximately 425,000 passengers passing through the airport, coming and going. This is an increase of approximately 10% compared to normal traffic, “said the door- floor of San Diego International Airport, Nicole Hall.

Although it’s not considered the busiest holiday for air travel, any increase means there will be longer lines and more traffic, especially at Terminal 1, which is currently under lockdown. a renovation.

Hall says to plan accordingly.

“We have parking available for Terminal 2, which you must make a reservation for. Our Terminal 1 car park is closed, so we really encourage people to plan ahead and be aware that there will be an increase in traffic due to construction and also holidays.”

For domestic flights, arrive two hours in advance. For internationals, do three.

If you plan to drive to your destination, be prepared for many vehicles on the road.

According to a recent AAA study, of the 32% of Americans who will be traveling this weekend, 82% will do so by car.

“Gasoline prices are down significantly from a few months ago and Labor Day road travelers will pay lower gas prices than those who took trips for the weekend of Labor Day. 4th of July and Memorial Day weekend,” said Doug Shupe, with AAA.

Keep in mind that the San Diegans are still paying 87 cents more per gallon compared to the same time last year.

But, says Shupe, with the impact of the pandemic over the past two years, people are making travel a priority.

That’s why for Labor Day and beyond, Shupe advises: book early and be patient.

“After two years of pandemic restrictions and closures, people really have this desire to get out and see new places, revisit favorite places they’ve been, reconnect and spend time with friends, family and their loved ones.”

A few other tips: Download your airline’s app to track flight changes or delays.

If you are driving, make sure your vehicle is ready. Check your tire tread, batteries and fill fluids.

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