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12/24/07

Last Minute Travelers Head Home for the Holidays

By now most people have made it home for the holidays, but there were some last minute travelers heading out of town Monday. Four and a half million Texans are expected to travel by car through the New Year according to AAA.

In the past two weeks gas prices have dropped by about three cents nationwide. Travelers we spoke with say it's nothing short of a Christmas miracle. Local holiday travelers received an early Christmas gift in the form of lower prices at the pump.

"Yes, it's a big help otherwise I wouldn't be going home," says one traveler.

"A little high, but we have to pay it if we want to visit family but it could be higher," says another traveler.

The national average for regular unleaded is now $2.97 a gallon. Here in Lubbock we caught prices as low as $2.67 to $2.89 a gallon.

"I was surprised. I expected it to go up," says one traveler.

The only thing going up travel wise in Lubbock was flight after flight at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport.

"Today as you can see is pretty slow." says Gary Loftus, with the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport.

It seems last minute travelers had the right idea.

"We left Dallas two days ago. It was crazy," says a holiday traveler.

"We were concerned about parking, but didn't have a problem at all," says another traveler.

"Everything's on time today. People should be having a great Christmas. They are not going to be late for sure," says Loftus.

But things were not quite so jolly this past weekend. Travelers faced long lines and delays.

"If you've been watching weather, you've seen a lot of people stranded through out the country. Friday had three flights diverted to Lubbock. They got to stay here a couple of hours," says Loftus.

For now, airport officials say they will enjoy this silent night.

"I think Wednesday around here we're going to be hoofing it. It's going to be a kicking day around here," says Loftus.

Whether busy or quiet, it seems nothing could dim people's bright Christmas spirit.

 

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