WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) The holiday season is here and with that is the holiday travel rush. Navigating an airport during the holiday travel season can be tricky.
TSA says Friday is the start of Thanksgiving travel, and they’re expecting a hectic week at airport checkpoints nationwide. Travelers should be patient and expect long lines.
It’s expected that nearly 55 million Americans will travel for Thanksgiving. While the majority of people drive to their Thanksgiving day destinations, air travel is up with 4.5 million Americans flying. The busiest Thanksgiving travel days are the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Saturday and Sunday after. The Connecticut Airport Authority, or CAA, has some tips and tricks for passengers to make travel easier for everyone.
“We are excited to kick off the holiday season at Bradley International Airport,” said Kevin A. Dillon, A.A.E., Executive Director of the CAA. “The airport community has been working diligently behind the scenes to prepare for the busy travel season. It is committed to assisting passengers on their journey to take their vacations and reunite with family members. We thank our loyal passengers for choosing Bradley for their holiday travel and look forward to welcoming them this season.”
To make holiday travel as smooth as possible, CAA recommends confirming flights before check-in, arriving early, planning for parking, and being aware of and following TSA guidelines. Make sure to also bring a form of acceptable ID. Bradley International Airport is anticipating that 90,000 passengers will depart during this holiday rush. Some travelers finding better deals on early flights home.
“I had to book an earlier flight, because if I booked a little later at night, it went up like $600. So I sort of lucked out and found an early flight to get back home.”
Anyone picking up a passenger during the Thanksgiving holiday is encouraged to use the Cell Phone Waiting Lot. For the latest parking information, the official Bradley International Airport parking website can be found by clicking here.
Bus and train travel will also be ramping up to more than 1.4 million people. In Springfield, more than 41,000 people passed through Union Station to catch a train or bus.
Kinia Middleton-Heart from Boston is traveling by bus, she enjoy the space and the savings, “You can bring as much luggage as you want, you ca easily tuck it under, the seats are really comfortable and especially with the prices of gas nowadays, a ticket is a lot cheaper than filling up your tank over and over again.”