Al­bany In­ter­na­tional Air­port an­tic­i­pates record Thanks­giv­ing travel

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Record staff

AL­BANY, N.Y. >> Of­fi­cials with Al­bany In­ter­na­tional Air­port are an­tic­i­pat­ing near-record pas­sen­ger travel over the up­com­ing Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day pe­riod.

Na­tion­wide, the trade as­so­ci­a­tion Air­lines for Amer­ica ex­pects traf­fic to hit an all-time high with 31.6 mil­lion pas­sen­gers tak­ing to the air over the 12 day travel pe­riod be­tween Nov. 22 and Dec. 4.

“We are ad­vis­ing our trav­el­ers to plan to ar­rive at their air­line ticket coun­ters at least 90 min­utes prior to the sched­uled de­par­ture of their flights,” said Chair­man of the Al­bany County Air­port Au­thor­ity Rev. Ken­neth Doyle in a news re­lease.

“The last thing we want to see is a fam­ily miss­ing their flight be­cause they did not ar­rive on time,” Doyle added.

Wed­nes­day, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 30 are likely to be the busiest travel days of the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day pe­riod. Al­bany In­ter­na­tional Air­port is plan­ning for over 10,000 trav­el­ers to pass through the Air­port on each of those days.

Of­fi­cials noted that the Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion (TSA) will as­sign ad­di­tional of­fi­cers to the check­point dur­ing the busy hol­i­day sea­son.

The TSA check­point will open daily at 3:30 a.m.

Ad­di­tional Air­port Am­bas­sadors will be pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to trav­el­ers at the se­cu­rity check­point and through­out the ter­mi­nal.

As the hol­i­day pe­riod ap­proaches, the Al­bany In­ter­na­tional Air­port has ac­ti­vated its new park­ing sys­tem. To ease the exit process, the Air­port has in­stalled new park­ing tech­nol­ogy that will al­low trav­el­ers to pay their park­ing fees by us­ing a new kiosk lo­cated in bag­gage claim. Trav­el­ers can in­sert their park­ing stub fol­lowed by a credit card or cash. When their ve­hi­cle reaches the park­ing toll plaza, li­cense plate read­ers will val­i­date the pay­ment and the gate will au­to­mat­i­cally open.

Trav­el­ers can min­i­mize their park­ing fee by uti­liz­ing the pop­u­lar Econ­omy E-Lot lo­cated on the east side of the air­field. Econ­omy E-Lot park­ing is only $6 per day with a free shut­tle to and from the ter­mi­nal.

RECORD FILE PHOTO

A JetBlue Air­ways sits on the tar­mac at Al­bany Air­port.

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