Make sure to fill up your tank up on Thanksgiving, as gas prices are hitting a 12-year low.
According to AAA Texas' Weekend Gas Watch, Thanksgiving day gas prices will be the lowest that they have been on the holiday for the past dozen years. This projection comes after gas prices have been on a declining rollercoaster in 2020 altogether.
AAA expects prices to be more than 50 cents cheaper per gallon on Thanksgiving.
Right now, the statewide average on gas prices is $1.79. At this time last year, a gallon of gas would run you $2.26, or 47 cents more than today. On top of that, Texas drivers are paying the second cheapest prices out of the country, just behind Missouri at $1.74 per gallon.
Compared to the nationwide average, $2.10 per gallon, Texas is already paying 31 cents less.
This massive price drop comes amid officials encouraging people to stay home for the holidays, one of the biggest travel times of the year. AAA is expecting a 5% total drop in Texas travel this year—10% across the U.S.
The decrease in travel will be the largest one-year drop the country has seen since the 2008 Great Recession.
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With major entertainment events slated for October, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is gearing up for a busy month.
Artists and music lovers are set to pack into Zilker Park for The Austin City Limits Music Festival in the coming two weekends. Following that, Formula One will bring racing fans to the Circuit of the Americas.
For those two events, the airport is anticipating high passenger days with 30,000 or more people departing flights.
ABIA recommends arriving at least two and a half hours in advance for domestic flights on those days. For ACL, it's expected on both Sundays of the festival along with the Monday and Tuesday after. The F1-driven high passenger days are expected on Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 23-26.
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F1, especially, could draw in loads of travelers as the three-day event saw 400,000 attendees last year. ABIA warns that highways leading to the airport may see even higher traffic than usual around the event and that travelers should plan their route accordingly.
Bailey Grimmett, a spokesperson for ABIA, said travel numbers come in 24 hours in advance. So, it's hard to predict if the airport will see travel volumes at the same levels that have happened around previous F1 races or if it'll top ACL's flight traffic.
Still, she says historical knowledge points to a chance for it.
“We've had that Monday after F1 break the record for single busiest in airport history," Grimmett said. "So context clues I would say yes, but I can't confirm that. But the historical background points to that."
In anticipation of the high volume of flyers, the airport received additional TSA officers for security screening through the end of October. To prepare even further, the Department of Aviation and partners hosted a job showcase and hiring fair to address the continued labor shortage the airport has experienced.
Relief from hectic travel days is on the horizon with November likely to see a slowdown.
"I don't anticipate it will be as busy as October just because we don't have as many events going on," Grimmett said. "Thanksgiving is kind of our primary holiday that we see a lot of passengers coming in and out of the airport."