More air passengers are expected for the July 4 holiday period this year than last year in 2012, which is July 3 through July 7 this year. An estimated 3.07 million people will travel by airplane for this years holiday celebrating America’s independence, up .01% from last year.
The overall average distance travelers are expected to go this year is 613 miles, which is 110 miles less than last year.
So far, Airlines are predicting only a modest bump. We asked Delta, American, JetBlue, Southwest, and United what their plans were for the increase expected. United, Delta, and Southwest responded saying that they have seen a slight increase in bookings, but that there is enough capacity in their routes, so they won’t be adding more flights. July 4 is typically a slow travel day and most are reducing the number of flights and seat capacity/aircraft size on July 4.
By Car, the number of people traveling at least 50 miles from home will drop .7% from last year to 34.4 million according to AAA. And the number of people are expected to spend will also drop from $747 from $749.
The national average for a gallon of gas is $3.603 a gallon currently.