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Bitter Winter Spikes Airline Travel


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The warmth, the sun, the sea. If you close your eyes you can picture it, almost smell it.

If you’re in New England, you’re dealing with bitter cold, and dirty piles of snow.  You’re probably sick of it, but you’re not alone. However, it’s keeping travel agents busy.

“People who thought they could stand the winter are now jumping on a flight so that in 4 hours, they’re on a beach, and their toes are in the sand, and they’re not looking at the ugly snow anymore. So, it’s been incredibly busy,” said Janice Webb, President of Emerald City Travel.

Webb notices that she’s working much harder than she did this time last year. According to Airlines for America, they’ve seen a 1% increase from spring 2013.

That translates to more than 2 million people a day flying the coop a good chunk of those internationally. “We’ve been doing quite a bit of St. Marten, Jamaica, Florida has been very popular, Cancun, Mexico, Rivera Maya, and cruises are still very popular too,” she stated.

Webb has also spent a considerable amount of time making sure her clients can get to and from those cruises. Either way, she has to make sure they don’t get stuck in stormy weather.

Certainly all this talk about sun and sand has got Webb thinking, but she can’t take a break just yet. Webb expects things to trail off by Easter weekend. She’ll likely taker her vacation in the fall.

Airlines for America also credits a rising household net worth, and affordability for the spike.

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