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Flying Hassles, Bad Roads Keeping More Travelers Home

Posted on September 4, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Each American taking a trip for the Labor Day long weekend is expected to spend an average of $380 on goods and services, according to a survey and analysis released by the U.S. Travel Association.

With AAA projecting that 35.5 million Americans will take to the roads and skies over the holiday, that calculates to $13.5 billion travelers will pour into the U.S. economy—up two percent over 2014.

However, U.S. Travel’s survey found that hassles caused by failing surface and air travel infrastructure will keep 4.1 million potential travelers at home — costing the economy $1.4 billion in spending.

Just-released rankings of global airports put out annually by Skytrax show the U.S. boasted just a single airport in the top 30 (Cincinnati, #30), and all of four in the top 50. This is costing the U.S. economy dearly in terms of domestic and international travel.

U.S. Travel press release here

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