Busy Thanksgiving travel season gets underway at Lambert Airport

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - With Thanksgiving less than one week away, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is gearing up for a surge in holiday traffic. The Airport typically sees an increase of 15-20 percent in passenger traffic during the 10-day Thanksgiving air travel period, which this year runs November 20 to November 30.

The biggest single travel day of the holiday weekend is projected to be  Sunday, November 29, when more than 20,000 departing passengers are expected. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, November 25, should be the second busiest day. The two lightest travel days should be Thanksgiving Day, November 26, and Friday, November 27.

With full flights expected, Lambert officials offer these reminders:

  • Arrive 2 hours ahead of a scheduled flight, especially if checking-in luggage or flying internationally.
  • TSA Pre-Check is available at all checkpoints with participating airlines.
  • Liquids must be in 3.4 ounce containers or less; put in a quart-size, clear, plastic zip-top bag.
  • Do NOT wrap holiday gifts.
  • Remember to retrieve all items from the checkpoint after they pass through the security scanners.
  • If picking up a passenger from Lambert Airport use one of the free cell phone lots instead of the parking garages.
  • For more information on prohibitive items, traveling with children, food and gifts, go to tsa.gov.
  • Contact your airline for the latest flight information or check the status of all flights to and from Lambert here.