Higher Gas, Airline Ticket Prices Don't Stop NC Holiday Travelers

Holiday travelers aren't being deterred by higher gas and ticket prices in North Carolina this year. In fact, more people are hitting the road.

Since last Christmas, gas prices have risen 30 percent statewide and the cost of airline tickets is 16 percent higher. Yet more than 1.6 million residents are traveling this holiday season, which is a slight increase from 2006.

More than 300,000 people are expected to fly in and out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport between now and January 2.

State highway officials are suspending all road construction beginning Friday night through January 2. Work zone speed limits will remain in effect.