Labor Day 2022: Travel expected to surge amid drop in gas prices

BELLMAWR, NJ (WPVI) — It’s the unofficial end of summer, and experts say most people head to Labor Day weekend for trips along the coast rather than air travel.

Heavy traffic on the Schuylkill Friday afternoon looked more like a morning commute, with many drivers trying to get their weekend plans started early.

“I’m going to Baltimore for my niece’s wedding,” said Haddonfield’s Tina Caruso.

AAA recommends traveling during off-peak travel times if planning a weekend getaway.

Gas prices have continued to fall since peaking at more than $5 a gallon in June.

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In Philadelphia, a gallon of regular gasoline is $4.04 compared to $4.85 over Memorial Day weekend.

In South Jersey, you’ll pay $3.85 compared to $4.72, and in Delaware, $3.63 will be a relief to motorists who paid $4.62 at the pumps last weekend in May.

“It’s nice that they’re starting to come down. Hopefully they can continue to come down as we get into fall and winter,” said Bellmawr’s Tom Boucher.

Airports and airlines will be put to the test as Philadelphia International Airport expects 481,000 travelers this weekend.

But for a Friday morning, travelers say they had no problems.

“It was really easy. We left Charlotte at 8:30 am and there weren’t many people there at all. The flight was quick, about an hour, and we got off the plane in minutes. So it was easy,” said Doylestown’s Kate Hastings.

“In and out, great. Rental car pickup and drop off great. Delta is always great,” said Laura King of Georgia.

The good news is that AAA expects gas prices to continue falling as demand falls.

The winter gas mixture is also cheaper to produce.

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