Heavy Travel Expected This Thanksgiving
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Lambert Airport officials in St. Louis are urging passengers traveling through the airport this weekend to show up early and bring their patience.
Airport leaders expect a 10 percent to 15 percent increase in daily passengers starting Friday and continuing through Nov. 25. Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest travel holidays of the year.
Passengers are urged to show up at least 90 minutes ahead of a scheduled flight. Liquids must be in bottles of 3.4 ounces or less that are placed in quart-sized, clear, plastic zip-top bags. Passengers are also told not to bring along wrapped holiday gifts.
Amtrak says it’s gearing up for a busy Thanksgiving holiday. The rail services said Wednesday that Thanksgiving likely will be the busiest travel period of the year, and officials expect trains to sell out for the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Saturday and Sunday after the holiday.
Amtrak says the less-busy times may be the Monday before or the Friday or Monday after Thanksgiving Day.
Passengers are encouraged to get to the station at least 45 minutes before tickets are to be picked up and to carry photo identification. An ID is required when buying Amtrak tickets.
Passengers on long-distance trains will find a special menu option this holiday: a Thanksgiving dinner, complete with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
Websites to help you plan your trip:
- Travel Weather Conditions: http://fox2now.com/weather/maps-and-radar/
- Gas Prices: http://www.stlouisgasprices.com/
- Flight Delay information: http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp
- National Road Construction information: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/
- Gas Station Rankings: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/