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Californians Will Travel In Record Numbers Over Memorial Day Weekend

A new survey finds that a record number of Californians will be traveling over the three-day Memorial Day Weekend. Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne [MILL-nee] reports.

AAA is projecting more than 4.6 million Californians plan on traveling 50 miles or more over the holiday weekend. Cynthia Harris with the auto association says that's up 2.5 percent from last year. 

"Memorial Day travel is the second highest on record yet. And it's the second highest number of travelers in California since 2005. So this is a very good indication that the rest of the year we will also experience record high numbers. For the travel industry this is very good news."

Good news, she says, because it means more people will be booking flights, staying in hotels, and renting cars.

AAA says almost four million Californians will be driving, up nearly three percent from last year.

More people will be flying too. Air travel is up by 2.4 percent compared to last year's figures. And if you're flying, you can expect to see a 26 percent drop in airfares for the top 40 domestic flight routes, averaging $165.

In Sacramento, I’m Steve Milne.

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