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Solar Eclipse Set to Draw Migration of Spectators in The US

People living on the narrow path of totality from the east to west coast of the United States will get the chance to witness a total solar eclipse.

AFP Relaxnews

Updated:August 9, 2017, 3:52 PM IST
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Solar Eclipse Set to Draw Migration of Spectators in The US
Air travel is set to rise during the week of August 21, due to the solar eclipse visible in parts of the United States. (Photo courtesy: AFP Relaxnews/ FRANCK FIFE)
Despite higher ticket prices, bookings to cities that lie on the direct path of the solar eclipse in the US have gone up a collective 418 percent, according to one online price comparison site.

For about two minutes and 40 seconds on August 21, about 12 million people living on the narrow path of totality from the east to west coast of the United States will get the chance to witness a total solar eclipse, when the moon moves in front of the sun, turning day into night.

Anyone within a 70-mile-wide path (112km) from Oregon to South Carolina will experience the total eclipse, a celestial event that hasn't touched the US mainland since 1979, and is the first to span the continent since 1918.

The significance of the event hasn't been lost on Americans, as new figures from Hipmunk show that travel to cities like Nashville, Portland, Kansas and Omaha have shot up the week of August 21, compared to the same period last year.

In aggregate, bookings to seven cities that lie on the path of totality are up 418 percent.

The average percent increase in bookings across the board is 29 percent.

Those cities include Nashville, TN; Portland OR; Omaha, NE; Knoxville, TN; Kansas City, MO; St. Louis, MO and Columbia, SC.

Average flight prices have also gone up for eclipse weekend, with airfare to Nashville posting an increase of 75 percent compared to the rest of the month, from $403 to $708.

Airfare to Portland, OR is also up 45 percent, from $377 to $546.
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