W hich mode of travel you believe is better — by car or by airplane — depends on what is important to you.
A significantly greater number of people are traveling by car instead of by airplane for the upcoming holiday season, according to this article written by Greg Keraghosian, who is the associate travel editor of Yahoo! Travel.
“The survey by Airfarewatchdog asked more than 3,300 travelers a simple question: Will you be flying for the holidays this year? Thirteen percent answered, ‘Yes, I always fly for the holidays,’ which is a precipitous drop from the 32 percent who said so in 2013.”
There are a number of factors which have caused more people to consider driving a car to their destinations rather than flying as passengers on airplanes, including but not limited to:
Crowds and long lines
Security screenings and procedures at airport checkpoints
Even though fuel prices are at the lowest point in the past four years, airfares have not been reduced — significantly, if at all. Instead, airlines continue to add fuel surcharges to certain international airfares — and even increase airfares in some cases — potentially pocketing the difference which decreasing fuel costs can bring…
…so does that mean that you should start driving more? That depends.
If cost is the main issue for you, air travel may not necessarily be more expensive than traveling by car depending on all of the factors involved. This handy interactive dynamic calculator can help you ascertain whether or not you should travel by airplane or by car, as it takes into account such factors as the…
Miles per gallon of the vehicle you intend to use
Cost of fuel for the vehicle
Maintenance costs for your vehicle
Miles to your destination versus to the airport you would use
Time to reach your destination
Lodging expenses during your road trip
Meal expenses during your road trip
Airfares and ancillary fees you expect to pay
Cost to park your vehicle at the airport
Rental car expenses
…and it gives you two visual graphic in the form of pie charts to instantly see what attributes to the percentages of your expenses.
If potential harm to the environment is more important to you, you might be interested in reading up on this study released earlier this year as conducted by the Transportation Research Institute of the University of Michigan, which analyzes recent trends in the amount of energy needed to transport a person in the United States a given distance either in a light-duty vehicle or on a scheduled airline flight.
In other words, passengers of commercial airlines reportedly die at a rate of 0.07 per billion passenger miles flown, according to this study conducted by the Department of Economics and the Transportation Center of Northwestern University.
A McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft which operated as Air Algerie flight 5017 crashed in Mali on Thursday, July 24, 2014 — and none of the 110 passengers and six crew members survived
The crash of an ATR72 aircraft which operated as TransAsia Airways flight 222 in Taiwan on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in inclement weather caused by a typhoon, carrying 54 passengers and four members of the flight crew — none of whom reportedly survived