By Colleen Chen, NEWS 9
OKLAHOMA CITY -- AAA reported air travel is down 7 percent this year compared to the same time last year.
The drop is blamed on the economy and consumers have become extra careful with money.
The prices vary from airport to airport, which has made some customers decide driving to a different airport could actually save more money than taking off from a nearby city.
The drop in tickets, coupled with lower fuel costs, has sent some packing their bags for a short road trip before their departing flight.
Dorothy Woodard is talking about driving to fly.
Smaller demand at smaller airports is yielding cheaper ticket prices.
The savings aren't always going to happen. For instance a trip to San Diego would be more cost effective from Will Rogers which has more direct flights to the West Coast.
In fact, Mark Kranenburg said he's seen some Wichita residents come fly out of Will Rogers too.
Kranenburg said a family of four could drive to Wichita and save $80 a ticket.
The best advice is to be flexible and check the options. Sometimes it pays to drive further for a cheaper ticket, while other times it more cost-efficient to fly out of the nearest airport.
Buying tickets in advance tends to save money as well.