Kansas’ region projected to see highest Labor Day weekend travel since 2008

08/27/2014 9:52 AM

08/27/2014 11:12 AM

Labor Day weekend travel for a seven-state region that includes Kansas is projected to see the highest volume in six years.

The region is expected to see more than 2.7 million people traveling at least 50 miles by some means over the three-day holiday weekend, AAA officials said Wednesday in a news release.

Besides Kansas, the region includes North and South Dakota, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota.

More than 2.4 million of those are expected to travel by vehicle, an increase of 1.5 percent over last year. Air travel is expected to increase 2.9 percent to 114,000.

As of Wednesday, Kansas’ average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas was $3.30, AAA reported. That’s down 5 cents from a month ago and 20 cents lower than a year ago.

Nationwide, 34.7 million people are projected to travel over Labor Day weekend, a 1.3 percent increase over last year, AAA said.

Most motorists across the country are expected to find the cheapest gas prices for a Labor Day weekend since 2010, according to GasBuddy.com.

Gas prices are expected to be stable through mid-September with some “significant declines” coming after that date in most states, GasBuddy chief oil analyst Tom Kloza said in a news release.

“By Veterans Day, we anticipate much of the country could be looking at average prices below $3.25 ( per gallon of regular unleaded) with thousands of stations under $3,” he said.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rickplumlee.

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