LAFAYETTE, Calif. (KRON) — Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer and with that comes heavy traffic for many Bay Area travelers.
KRON4’s Michael Thomas is live Monday morning from a Lafayette gas station. Watch his report in the video player above.
If you plan on hitting the roads, the worst time to travel will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, expect heavy traffic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with normal traffic on Sunday.
Monday, however, will see traffic return from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
When it comes to fueling up, AAA says California’s average gas price is $5.29 per gallon, which is almost $1.50 higher than the national average.
Here are the average gas prices across the Bay Area, according to AAA:
- Napa County: $5.42
- Marin County: $5.40
- Sonoma County: $5.38
- San Mateo County: $5.38
- San Francisco: $5.34
- Alameda County: $5.30
- Contra Costa County: $5.27
- Santa Clara County: $5.26
- Solano County: $5.24
The Federal Aviation Administration predicts this weekend to be the third busiest travel weekend of the year with AAA saying travel is up by 4 percent compared to last year. More than 49,000 flights are scheduled for Friday, according to the FAA.
The Transportation Security Administration expects to process 14 million people from Thursday through next week, which is an 11 percent increase from this time last year.
American Airlines is expecting to carry nearly 3.5 million passengers on about 32,000 flights between Thursday and next Tuesday.
KRON4’s Tiffany Justice was at San Francisco International Airport Thursday morning. Watch her report below.
Oakland International Airport is expecting over 210,000 travelers for the Labor Day holiday weekend and anticipate Friday and Monday to be the busiest days at the airport.
“We encourage travelers to allow extra time for getting to the airport and enjoying some of OAK’s newly introduced passenger amenities, such as the OAK Clubhouse in Terminal 1,” said Craig Simon, Interim Director of Aviation at the Port of Oakland.
San José Mineta Airport anticipates Friday to be the busiest travel day this weekend. TSA projects to screen over 21,000 outbound travelers.
“Our focus on providing exemplary customer experience is a source of pride for our staff and is what the flying public has come to expect and love about flying through San José. As travelers celebrate the end of summer, our teams and facilities are ready to support with safe, smooth, and memorable trips this holiday weekend,” said John Aitken, SJC Director of Aviation.