As the country comes out of the coronavirus pandemic, the travel industry is preparing for a busy Independence Day weekend. AAA of Michigan says it anticipates about 1.5 million state residents will be on the move from July 1-5.
During that timeframe, the group anticipates more than 55,000 people will pass through Michigan’s airports. That number represents a 127% increase over last year’s holiday during the pandemic.
“For those who haven’t traveled in a year-and-a-half, two years — traveling especially by air will look different.” —Adrienne Woodland, AAA Michigan
Adrienne Woodland is a spokesperson for AAA. She says those planning to fly should expect delays.
“With air travel you want to be prepared,” says Woodland, “particularly for those who haven’t traveled in a year-and-a-half, two years — traveling especially by air will look different.”
Woodland says those who fly will be required to wear a face mask on the plane. She says that recommendation comes from the CDC and is not impacted by Michigan guidelines.
AAA of Michigan estimates that car travel will also see a dramatic increase over its pandemic levels. Woodland says more than 1.4 million of those traveling in the state are expected to take to the streets.
“That is actually a record since Triple-A has been compiling these numbers,” says Woodland. “This is the highest number of Michigan residents expected to travel by automobile for the Fourth of July holiday.”
Woodland says metro Detroit roads will be especially busy on Friday, July 2 between 3 and 6 p.m. She says those planning to travel during those hours should allow extra time.
Listen: AAA spokesperson Adrienne Woodland discusses July 4th holiday travel.