Memorial Day weekend travel is projected to drop a bit, AAA says

About 34.8 million Americans are projected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 0.9 percent decrease from last year, AAA Southern New England said.

“AAA is forecasting Memorial Day travel to experience a slight dip as lower gas prices and economic improvements from last year are not strong enough to spur an increase in travelers,” Lloyd P. Albert, AAA Southern New England senior vice president of public and government affairs, said in a statement. “Still, the projections are in line with what we’ve seen in travel over Memorial Day since 2010.”

Holiday air travel this year is projected to drop 8 percent to 2.3 million from 2012.

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Memorial Day travel originating from New England is in line with national projections, AAA Southern New England said. Total travel from New England is forecast to decline 0.7 percent from 2012.