Holiday travel rebounds despite COVID cases going up

MONTGOMERY– For Kenneth Byrnes, this will be the first time he has travelled to celebrate holidays with family in New England in a year and a half, since the pandemic disrupted travel and gatherings for his family and so many others.  

“A couple years ago I would take a cheap flight at the Stewart Airport, but it’s not very possible right now,” Byrnes said. “We choose to drive because it’s a little bit more economical even though the gas price is going up a lot.” 

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While a survey by the market research company Morning Consult shows nearly 60% of Americans are unlikely to travel for holidays, crowded airports and gatherings are nevertheless expected this season.