Labor Day weekend is the last weekend when summer vacationers hit the roads and skies before school starts in earnest.
Celebrating a long weekend on a trip can be fun, but it can also be stressful, such as airport crowds and traffic jams.
Luckily, vacationers can find ways to make travel less stressful, no matter how they get to their destination. Advice for those driving, flying, or getting off the grid this weekend.
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Things to know when departing from Phoenix
Labor Day weekend flights were projected to be more expensive than they were last year and pre-pandemic.
Round-trip domestic airfare averages $278 during the holiday season, up 23% from last year and 20% from 2019, according to Hopper, a company that monitors airfares.
However, high airfares should not deter people from flying. About 12.6 million people are expected to fly over Labor Day weekend, Hopper said.
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One sign of busier airports this year is that TSA screening of passengers has increased compared to last summer.
TSA has tested between 1.9 million and 2.4 million passengers through August, surpassing the same month in 2021 every day.
Last year’s Labor Day weekend screenings ranged from 1.5 million to 2.1 million passengers between Sept. 3-6, 2021, according to TSA.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International is not forecasting traffic for Labor Day weekend, but passenger numbers so far show it’s busiest since pre-pandemic.
Sky Harbor passenger numbers will exceed 21 million in total from January to June 2022, a 30.2% increase from 2021 traffic, but have yet to return to pre-pandemic levels. Sky Harbor traffic totaled 23.5 million passengers from January to June 2019.
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Sky Harbor Airport Travel Tips
Sky Harbor staff provided the following tips for those flying on vacation.
- Check the status of your flight with the airline before arriving at the airport.
- Please arrive at least 2 hours before domestic flights and 3 hours before international flights.
- For parking and garage availability, visit skyharbor.com/parking or call the airport’s 24-hour parking hotline at 602-273-4545.
- For security checkpoint wait times, please visit skyharbor.com or check the flight information boards in each terminal. You can access any gate using any of the security checkpoints in Terminal 4.
- Use maps.skyharbor.aero’s interactive map to find nearby restaurants, shops, lounges, restrooms, ATMs and charging stations.
- Please bring in-flight meals and snacks. Food goes through security and drinks can be purchased through security and brought on board.
- Do not pack restricted or prohibited items in carry-on baggage. Visit tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/all for items that are not allowed on board.
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Things to Know When Driving in Arizona
Gas is a little cheaper. Drivers will take some relief from the high petrol prices this summer, but they will still pay more than last year.
The average price per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $4.02 in Arizona as of Aug. 25, down from $4.68 a month ago, to $3.11 on the same day in 2021, according to AAA. rose from
Pack an emergency kit. Arizona Department of Transportation spokesman Doug Nintzel said drivers should prepare for extreme heat and stormy weather and have an emergency kit in case they need to stop on the highway.
Emergency kit items include first aid kit, flashlight, batteries, small tool kit, drinking water and snacks. If you’re traveling with young children or pets, include items you know to make them comfortable.
Plan your departure time. when should i go out? The Friday before Labor Day from 3pm to 8pm is usually busy, Nintzel said.
He said leaving early in the morning can reduce the chances of getting stuck in traffic. It should be noted that there is
No highway closures. ADOT and its contractors do not plan to close highways over Labor Day weekend. However, drivers should be aware of work zones that can slow traffic during peak travel times.
Nintzel specifically pointed to an ongoing resurfacing project that will narrow portions of southbound Interstate 17 to a single lane in some areas between Flagstaff and Sedona.
“Allowing at least some extra time, even 15 minutes, would help limit frustration in such places,” he said.
California driving alert: If you’re driving on Interstate 10 to California, know that recent flooding in the desert may affect your trip.
Portions of I-10 between the California state line and California Route 177 were washed away due to flooding. Authorities have not released an estimated timetable for repair work, so delays in travel are expected over the holiday weekend.
follow us California Department of Transportation Twitter and a Facebook account for updates.
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Other tips from ADOT include:
- Get plenty of rest before getting behind the wheel. Do not drive under impaired conditions, including drowsy driving.
- Inspect your vehicle before a long drive. Checking tire pressure, oil level and engine fluid level can help prevent breakdowns.
- Be prepared for weather changes. Step aside when the dust storm is blowing.
- Do not stop or park in tall grass or shrubs along the shoulder of the highway as this is a fire hazard.
- az511.gov and ADOT Twitter page.
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Tips for Grand Canyon Visitors
Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest times for camping and day-use in the Grand Canyon National Park. That’s why park spokeswoman Joel Baird advises travelers to arrive early.
“The south entrance gate can be backed up between 10 and 11 am,” she said. “Visitors can wait up to several hours to enter.”
Baird said those who have waited until now to book a campground or hotel within the park have limited options. please give me.
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What to expect if you go camping or hiking
Those planning on taking shelter outdoors won’t have to worry as much about wildfires and fire restrictions compared to previous Labor Days due to the active monsoons this summer.
Baird said this year’s Grand Canyon staff were surprised by the situation. She urged people coming to the park to pay attention to the weather, especially if they plan to go on long hikes.
They need to heed lightning warnings, know where the nearest safe structures and vehicles are, and know lightning safety tips such as avoiding clearings and canyon edges.
Get lightning safety tips at nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit.
Even without fire restrictions, campers should exercise caution. For example, the Grand Canyon only allows campfires in designated campfire rings, Baird said.
There are currently no major wildfires in Arizona. Baird said Grand Canyon staff had monitored numerous fires on the North Rim over the summer, including the lightning-driven Dragon Fire that began in July. It didn’t affect me.
When it comes to state parks, only two have fire restrictions: Lost Dutchman at Apache Junction and Pikacho Peak at Pikacho. According to Arizona State Parks and Trails, both parks prohibit open flames of any kind, and smoking and e-cigarettes are only permitted in enclosed vehicles.
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