May 27, 2022 - News

Record gas prices aren't stopping Georgians this Memorial Day

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Memorial Day weekend — the start of the summer travel season — will feature more travelers and higher prices in Georgia.

What's happening: A survey from AAA predicts nearly 1.2 million Georgians will travel 50 miles or more from home this Memorial Day weekend. 

  • That’s up 7.5% from 2021, bringing travel volumes close to the 2018 rate.

The intrigue: Despite record-high gas prices, 90% of Memorial Day travelers plan to travel by car, more than 1.1 million Georgians to be exact.

  • That's a nearly 5% increase from this weekend last year.

By the numbers: Gas is on average $4.14 per gallon in Georgia. The previous highest average Memorial Day price was $3.91 per gallon in 2008.

Zoom up: According to the AJC, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport expects 2 million passengers this weekend, nearing pre-pandemic levels.

Be smart: INRIX calculated that the worst corridor and time to travel in metro Atlanta was Interstate 85 South, between Clairmont Road and MLK Drive, during Thursday's afternoon rush hour.

  • But... best to avoid it again today.

The bottom line: “Coming out of this 2-year pandemic, Georgians are eager to travel again, and it doesn’t seem like record-high gas prices or other inflationary pressures will stop them,” said Montrae Waiters spokesperson for AAA.


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