MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Thanksgiving is the first major holiday since the Middle Georgia Regional Airport opened its terminal to travelers flying commercial.
“We’re expecting it to get pretty busy, we’ve seen a lot of flights that are already booked,” said Airport Manager Erick D’Leon.
D’Leon says he believes passengers are choosing MGRA for one reason.
“Whether it’s for business or for family trying to get together over the holidays, the Middle Georgia Regional Airport offers a much easier option for people traveling these days,” he said.
Travelers are looking to aviod the hustle and bustle at Hartsfield-Jackson and saving a little holiday spending money too. At least that was the case for Caroline Mousset and her son Alexandre coming in from DC.
“Because of the cost, we’ve not been able to visit with each other so often and so now my son is seven so we’ll be able to do a lot more visits so it’s really special for me and my family,” Mousset said.
With nearly 51 million Americans expected to be traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, D’Leon says the Middle Georgia Regional Airport is prepared for that spike in numbers and they want Middle Georgia’s travelers to be prepared too.
“Check the weather, check your flight times, make sure everything is still good to go,” D’Leon said.
He says even though Middle Georgia Regional is less of a hassle, it’s still important to take the same precautions you would anywhere else.
“You wanna make sure you show up in advance as the airline recommends. If you’re connecting through Baltimore, make sure you have your connections in place and even with Contour double check everything,” D’Leon continued.
They recommend still arriving at the airport two hours ahead of time and being sure to check if items you’re traveling with are TSA approved.
“Check TSA.gov for any things you can and can’t travel with,” he added.
D’Leon says his only other advice is to enjoy a relaxing travel experience before your trip even begins.
Flights to and from Baltimore will be running up until Thursday morning. D’Leon says if you’re still looking to book a last minute flight, check out the Middle Georgia Regional Airport’s Facebook page for cheap deals.