Airport to travelers: Arrive early

Albany International Airport is 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, according to a release from the Albany airport.

“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 Rev. Kenneth Doyle, chairman of the Albany County Airport Authority, in the release. “The last thing we want to see is a family missing their flight because they did not arrive on time.”

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.

The Transportation Security Administration will assign additional officers to the checkpoint during the 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 using the Economy E-Lot located on the east side of the airfield. Economy E-Lot parking costs $6 per day with a free shuttle to and from the terminal.

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