Good time to book your holiday flight - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Good time to book your holiday flight

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Dollar General coming to Sycamore

    Dollar General coming to Sycamore

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:47 PM EDT2014-08-27 16:47:43 GMT
    A new Dollar General will be moving into downtown Sycamore within the next year on Highway 41.More >>
    A new Dollar General will be moving into downtown Sycamore within the next year on Highway 41.More >>
  • Speeders warned to slow down through Sycamore

    Speeders warned to slow down through Sycamore

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-08-27 16:43:13 GMT
    Sycamore city officials are warning drivers to slow down. Railroad Avenue is a main road through Sycamore and a residential area with children. Several complaints have been made to city officials about speeding and drivers ignoring stop signs on the roadway.More >>
    Sycamore city officials are warning drivers to slow down. Railroad Avenue is a main road through Sycamore and a residential area with children. Several complaints have been made to city officials about speeding and drivers ignoring stop signs on the roadway.More >>
  • Witnesses help Valdosta Police catch burglary suspect

    Witnesses help Valdosta Police catch burglary suspect

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:08 PM EDT2014-08-27 16:08:52 GMT
    57 year-old Sidney Allen Smith, of Florida, is behind bars in Lowndes County after burglarizing an abandoned Valdosta gas station, but he didn't get far thanks to help from witnesses.
    More >>
    57 year-old Sidney Allen Smith, of Florida, is behind bars in Lowndes County after burglarizing an abandoned Valdosta gas station, but he didn't get far thanks to help from witnesses.

    More >>

By Cade Fowler - bio | email

October 29, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As we near the busiest travel time of the year it's clear tough economic times have taken a toll on the airline industry.

Yvette Aehle, director of Southwest Georgia Regional Airport says, "Because of fuel prices and the economy with a severe downturn, the airlines are severely limiting capacity which of course pushes prices up." 

And up they will likely remain. It's because airlines will offer less than 3000 fewer non-stop domestic flights a day during the Thanksgiving travel season. That's an 11% drop from last year.

"We've got an average of between $50 to $100 more than what we saw last year. So yes, it's going to be full on those airplanes and it's going to cost your more to get there," says Aehle.

But waiting for a deal to come around could leave you stranded on the ground. With fewer seats and fewer flights, holiday airfare specials won't be easy to find. Booking early will not only guarantee your seat, but could actually save you money in the long run.

"The longer you wait, the more expensive it's going to get. And you might not be able to find the seats you want. So obviously planning ahead is critical this year," says Aehle.

Aehle says Albany's flight schedule will remain the same through the holidays and that booking flights to Atlanta shouldn't be a problem. She warns though that connector flights out of Atlanta could be harder to book if travelers wait until the last minute to do so.  

Feedback