Gas prices highest since 2014 this Thanksgiving week

By Wayne Heilman and Ellie Mulder Updated: November 21, 2017 at 1:05 pm • Published: November 21, 2017 0
photo - Crews unload a Frontier Airlines flight from Denver Friday, April 20, 2012, at the Colorado Springs Airport. Frontier will begin non-stop flights to Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and Phoenix on a 138-passenger Airbus 319 begining May 18.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Crews unload a Frontier Airlines flight from Denver Friday, April 20, 2012, at the Colorado Springs Airport. Frontier will begin non-stop flights to Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and Phoenix on a 138-passenger Airbus 319 begining May 18. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Along with mild weather, expect crowded roads and airports this week in Colorado.

Nearly 865,000 Colorado residents will travel 50 miles or more during the Thanksgiving season, a 3.3 percent increase from 2016 and the busiest since 2005, AAA Colorado reported.

AAA attributes the increased travel to a strong state economy.

Most travelers will be on the road and will pay the highest gasoline prices in three years, says gasbuddy.com.

The national average price Thursday is expected to be $2.53 a gallon, the highest Thanksgiving price since 2014, up 40 cents from last year but still well below the $3.44-a-gallon peak in 2012, GasBuddy said.

See the lowest gas prices around Colorado Springs.

"Gas prices spent much of the time in the weeks approaching Thanksgiving by rising, when typically they would be on a sizeable downward trend," said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.

For road conditions, go to www.cotrip.org.

Airports in Colorado Springs and Denver are expected to be packed, with 20,000 and 1.15 million passengers, respectively, during Nov. 21-27.

Greg Phillips, aviation director for Colorado Springs, recommends arriving at the airport 1½ to two hours before the departure time.

He also recommends checking with your airline or the airport, at www.flycos.com, for delays or cancellations. The airport site also has a coupon for 50 percent off the cost of long-term parking through Dec. 31.

For information on DIA, go to www.flydenver.com for parking lot status, security wait times and other details.

For information on security rules, go to www.tsa.gov.

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The Gazette's Hugh Johnson contributed to this report.

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