Busy travel season picks up ahead of the holidays
Charlotte-Douglas Airport notes Dec. 22, Dec. 23 and Jan. 2 will see the largest crowds.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - As Hanukkah and Christmas arrive this week, Charlotte Douglas International Airport expects upwards of 70,000 passengers to pass through the airport every day from now until early January.
With the big rush to the airport, airport staff suggests travelers set aside two hours - three for those taking an international flight - to navigate all the busyness and make their flight. They also say to plan ahead with parking as they have limited spots.
“Happy holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and always get here early because there’s always long lines!” said Edwin Rodriguez, an 11-year-old traveling to see family.
“Get my stuff done, get to the airport at least two hours before. Otherwise, I might not be home for Christmas,” added Joel Smith.
Charlotte-Douglas officials note crowds will be heaviest the two days before Christmas Eve and the Monday after New Year’s Day.
While Sunday saw close to 150 delays, according to FlightAware, there may be more uncertainty to come moving forward.
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