Just 11% of people were deterred from travel because of concerns about health risks, down from 18% last year.
Instead, the top reason for people not to travel was money concerns, with 38% of those not taking a trip saying they cannot afford it.
The results are based on a survey of 5,281 Americans September 12-25, of which 2,531 respondents had plans to travel for the holidays.
The rise of remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic has driven shifts in travel patterns, with one-third of those who are going to travel saying they’re likely to work during long trips over the holidays.
Eileen Crowley, vice chair of U.S. transportation, hospitality and services at Deloitte, said “laptop luggers continue to leverage flexible work arrangements,” in a written statement. That allows them to extend their trips.
The large numbers of holiday travelers will bring heavy traffic to the highways and put a strain on the world’s busiest airport.
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has already been packed with some long lines winding through the terminal in recent weeks, as the rebound in travel brings a near record number of passengers through security checkpoints on busy days.
Airport and security officials expect they could see record numbers of passengers passing through Transportation Security Administration screening during the busy Thanksgiving travel period, just three weeks away.
Congress will also be rushing to pass funding bills to avoid a federal government shutdown before their November 17 appropriations deadline, just days before Thanksgiving.
“Usually the Wednesday before and the Sunday after (Thanksgiving) are some of the two single heaviest days” for travel, said Robert Spinden, TSA’s federal security director in Atlanta.
What’s more, a major airport parking construction project has also significantly reduced the number of parking spaces next to the Atlanta airport’s domestic terminal. The airport closed its South economy lot Oct. 23 to build a parking deck on the site. That has led to many of the remaining parking decks and lots reaching capacity during busy periods.
About 11% of respondents to the Deloitte survey cited concerns about health risks as a key reason for not traveling over the holidays this year.