Airports across Pennsylvania are preparing for the Thanksgiving travel rush


More than 362,000 passengers are expected to arrive and depart from Philadelphia International Airport Wednesday through Sunday.

FILE – American Airlines passenger jets prepare for departure Wednesday, July 21, 2021 near a terminal at Boston Logan International Airport in Boston. Airlines facing pilot shortages raise salaries. The CEO of American Airlines said Thursday, June 30, 2022 that his airline had offered to increase pilot wages by nearly 17% through the end of 2024. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, file)

For the Thanksgiving holiday season, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) expects more passengers this year than last year, although not at pre-pandemic levels.

More than 362,000 passengers will arrive and depart from Philadelphia International Airport Wednesday through Sunday, according to a spokesman. Around 867,000 people will pass through the airport throughout the holiday season (November 18-29), up 12% from the Thanksgiving holiday season in 2021.

However, this is down 18% from 2019, which was a record year for PHL in passenger traffic.

The airport recommends arriving at least 2.5 hours earlier for domestic flights and three hours earlier for international departures.

A traveler moves through Philadelphia International Airport ahead of the Independence Day holiday weekend in Philadelphia, Friday, July 1, 2022.  The concept of “going home for the holidays” changes throughout your life, and many millennials are going through this transition right now.

Matt Rourke/AP photo

A traveler moves through Philadelphia International Airport ahead of the Independence Day holiday weekend in Philadelphia, Friday, July 1, 2022.

According to airport officials, the airport’s parking garages and economy parking lot could reach their capacity during the season. Departing passengers are strongly advised to consider off-site parking, ride-sharing booking services, public transportation, or having someone drive them to the airport.

The Transportation Security Administration expects travel to increase nationwide this season, expecting up to 2.5 million passengers at checkpoints on Wednesday and more than 2.5 million on Sunday. The agency advises people to be aware of what’s allowed to take on a plane during the holiday season.

Turkeys can move through TSA checkpoints, as can baked goods, including cakes and cookies. The traditional side dishes such as cranberry sauce and gravy as well as wine and sparkling wine may be carried in checked baggage.

For those arriving by car this week, AAA expects about 49 million Americans will take to the streets. Severe traffic jams are expected in Atlanta, Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles. To avoid heavy traffic, it is recommended to travel early on Wednesday mornings or before 11am on Thanksgiving Day. Travel should be avoided on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 4pm and 8pm.


Source