AAA Mid-Atlantic expects the COVID-19 pandemic to provide a 15 p.c decline in journeys this summer time in comparison with a yr in the past. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the decline is the primary for summer time journeys since 2009. If not for the pandemic, AAA could be projecting 857 million journeys, a 3.6 p.c enhance over final yr. As a substitute, it anticipates 700 million journeys this summer time with 97 p.c being taken by automobile. Automobile journey is anticipated to the popular mode of journey, seeing solely a Three p.c decline from final yr, And AAA Mid-Atlantic’s supervisor for Public and Authorities Affairs Ken Grant says drivers will see decrease costs on the pump. “We’re taking a look at fuel round $2.16-$2.20 on this area and it could proceed to rise a bit bit over the subsequent few weeks,” stated Grant “However we’re not anticipated to see fuel costs rise to the extent that we noticed final yr with the standard caveat that that is barring any main pure disasters or geopolitical concerns which will come up.” Grant says the emphasis of touring by automobile journey may very well be excellent news for Delaware tourism. “Most of these journeys are going to be highway journeys versus getting on a aircraft and flying to a vacation spot or getting right into a cruise, which may find yourself that means that Delaware may see extra vacationers – when you suppose that for a day journey or one thing that is inside a day’s driving distance,” stated Grant. AAA Mid-Atlantic additionally tasks air journey might be off by 74 p.c whereas rail, cruise ship and bus journey will slide by 86 p.c.