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Holiday Travelers Hit the Highways & Skyways

Posted July 1, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Many vacationers will begin their holiday trips over the next few days, some by land and others by air.

While there are plenty of travelers lined up at RDU International's ticket counters, the 4th of July holiday weekend is actually slower than many others for air travel. That means there are some bargains available on some last minute flights. Many airlines, including Midway, are offering fares as low as $79, if you're willing to leave Saturday.

"If the price goes low enough, even with the restrictions people will be very spontaneous and decide they want to travel," said Midway spokesperson Mark Coleman. "It really is a good way to go if you just want to go see someone."

Independence Day is a big weekend for road travel and, despite the travel interruptions due to Florida fires, there is some good news for motorists.

The average national price for gasoline is down about 14 cents from this time last year, currently at $1.10 per gallon. The statewide average for gas is $1.01. Locally, it's down 15 cents from 1997.