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What’s happening with ticket prices at Tampa International Airport? How much is that plane ticket in the window? Not a lot of pushback on prices from consumers according to airline executives. We’re all recovering from the same lame economy. Or, trying to. Consumers know the big guys have been recruiting pilots from smaller regional airlines and boosting wages to get and keep good labor.  So, they’re doing their best to meet demand, and demand is huge.

A travel company called Hopper says for many destinations, round trip costs are up 29% now from 2019. And, some hot destinations like Chicago and Vegas are as much as 80% higher. Passengers. Are. Baaaaaack!

Why so much so fast? Fuel, Labor, Pilot shortages for starters. Ticketing firm Arc says our nationwide average round trip costs over the last year are up 40% to about $540. Just a heads up if you’re flying, you might wanna start buying.

Source TBT

 


Quick And Easy Top Road Trip Vacation Destinations For Tampa Bay Drivers

  • 1. Clearwater Beach:

    The Pinellas County beaches have lots of options from the bustle of Clearwater to the more serene Indian Rocks Beach.
    Clearwater Beach

  • 2. The Most Obvious, And Possibly Expensive: Walt Disney World And Universa

    Orlando area theme parks at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. The tourist mecca of central Florida has seemingly anything you’d like to do. Add in Sea World Orlando and Legoland and there’s something for every age group.

    Disney

  • 3. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex:

    Some history, some technology, all coolness. If you plan the trip right, you might even be lucky enough to witness a rocket launch.

    Kennedy Space Center

  • 4. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park:

    Yes, it’s still there and so is the famous mermaid show!

  • 5. Cedar Key:

    It’s a small community on the Gulf of Mexico where you can find yourself enjoying getting away from the ‘big city’ and enjoy some of the best clam chowder in the country. We’re looking at you, Tony’s!

  • 6. Silver Springs State Park:

    You can enjoy looking through the crystal clear waters from a glass-bottom boat. Bring the family to go canoeing or kayaking through the springs.

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I trust dogs and horses, love country music, and country fried chicken. Fought many men, and loved only 1 woman. She's from Nashville, so the accent. Life is short. Make somebody smile, Dog-gonnit. Haaaaaa.