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Less travelers for this year's bowl game

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Posted By: Camila Orti
corti@klkntv.com

Nebraska will take on Georgia in the Gator Bowl this Wednesday, but you won't see any charter flights full of fans.

CEO of Executive Travel, Steve Glenn, says demand was so low for flights to Florida, they had to cancel their usual charter for the first time in 27 years.

"Usually the first day you're going to see half of your seats sold, and we could tell out of the gate that things were very slow," Glenn said.

Glenn says only three dozen seats were sold in four days.

"I'm a little surprised because usually Husker fans will follow them regardless of where they're playing or who they're playing," Fan Doug Otoupalik said.

Some fans say the turn–off is playing the same team in the same state. This will be the fourth consecutive year the Huskers are playing in Florida, and the second year in a row facing the Bulldogs.

"I think, what I understood is, a lot of people wanted to go to Arizona," fan Kevin Bouwens said.

Others say it's the cost that's keeping them home.

"I'm not going obviously because of money, you know, it's expensive and it's annoying going through airports," Jarred Donahoe-Weihe said.

Travel agents agree airfare prices have increased significantly over the last five years.

"A flight used to be $198 roundtrip from Nebraska to Florida and now it's easily double that," Glenn said.

A seat on the now–canceled charter would have cost you $800. Agents say higher airfare prices have discouraged fans from traveling to away games all season.

Executive Travel agents estimate 4,000-5,000 Husker fans are traveling by air.

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