PROVIDENCE – More people will travel over Labor Day weekend this year than did last year, AAA Southern New England projected Tuesday in its annual Labor Day Holiday Travel Forecast.
AAA expects Labor Day travel to reach a post-recession high this year, with a projected 34.1 million people set to travel 50 miles or more from Thursday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 2. That number is 4.2 percent greater than the 32.7 million people who traveled last year.
Regionally, AAA projected travel originating in New England will increase 4.4 percent. A higher rate of travel is predicted from New England than nationwide, with 11.7 percent of the regional population traveling this Labor Day weekend compared with 10.7 percent of the national population.
Automobile travel from New England will increase 4.5 percent, AAA predicted, while nationwide car travel will rise 4.3 percent.
Cars are set to remain the most popular means of Labor Day travel according to the AAA projection, with 85 percent of travelers, or 29.2 million people, choosing to drive. Airplane travel is projected to increase nearly 3 percent, with 2.61 million people expected to fly.