Airfare, Gas Prices Plummet In Michigan As Coronavirus Spreads

Round trip flights from Detroit to Los Angeles are as low as $17.40.

WWJ News
March 23, 2020 - 5:14 pm

(WWJ) -- As the coronavirus continues to spread across the U.S., many facets of everyday life are continuing to change.

That includes the price of domestic travel.

Gas prices have dropped dramatically over the last few weeks in Michigan, and now airfare prices are plummeting as officials are urging Americans to stay put.

The average price of gas in metro Detroit is $1.89 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.com. The lowest reported price in the area on Monday was $1.23 a gallon in Commerce Township, with several stations offering gas for $1.27 in Madison Heights.

Patrick De Haan, an analyst with GasBuddy, tells WWJ that Michigan may be one of many states to see gas prices drop to below $1.00 per gallon.

There is no ban on domestic travel, but authorities are telling the public to avoid all non-essential air travel. Prices are reflecting that, as a flight search on Spirit Air shows round trip flights for just $17.40 from Detroit Metro Airport to cities like Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta.

Those cheap flights, however, will likely be left mostly empty, as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday issued an executive order for all Michiganders to "stay home and stay safe." Her order includes the following travel restrictions:

  • To return to a home or place of residence from outside this state.
  • To leave this state for a home or residence elsewhere.
  • To travel between two residences in this state.
  • As required by law enforcement or a court order, including the transportation of children pursuant to a custody agreement.

Whitmer and officials with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services also announced Monday the total number of COVID-19 cases statewide has risen to 1,328.

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