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Yakima Families are Traveling within Driving Distance

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Airline companies had a slow holiday season last year. With Delta out of the picture, Horizon Airlines employees say they were expecting to see full flights this year, but Horizon's Customer Service Manager says so far, it looks like any other typical Wednesday.

"For the day before thanksgiving we expected full loads, we've been lucky if we get a half load," said Jack Grief.

And the manager says the slow traffic is a trend they've been seeing for months now in Yakima.

"Not as much distance travel, probably driving more instead of going cross country, they're staying home," said Grief.

But not everyone is staying home. People I spoke to say the lower gas prices are more of an incentive to drive to nearby destinations.

"We have some family driving in from the coast, it will be a family get together," said Ed Walsh, who lives in Yakima.

"For myself, heading over to the Oregon coast," said Grief.

And while driving may be cheaper, it's still not cheap. Some people are turning to shuttles to get them where they need to go.

"Everything is just so much more expensive, it's bad for all of us," said Walsh.

Yakima Airport employees say their busiest time is usually the weekend before Christmas and they're hoping for the best this year.