OIA expecting record number of travelers on Saturday
160,000 people to travel for spring break and holiday weekend
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando International Airport is expecting to set a record number of passengers flying in and out of the airport on Saturday.
"We're anticipating about 160,000 travelers tomorrow and that's more than we've ever had before," Carolyn Fennel with OIA said.
The airport says this is also the busiest holiday and spring break travel season ever.
"Holey moley! It's spring break so I get that, but that's crazy! I'm glad I'm not traveling tomorrow," traveler Maryann McGinnis said.
OIA is preparing for the large crowds and vehicles that will drop off and pick up passengers. Orlando police are on scene to keep all the traffic moving.
"Given the current environment and the volume of traffic, we'll not be able to let people to dwell on the curb and they will be encouraged to move on," Fennel said.
OIA is asking drivers to wait in the cellphone lot for travelers, adding this is for security and safety especially in light of the attacks in Brussels.
"Definitely considered security would probably be higher, so we left a lot of time to get here and get in and just deal with everything you have to deal with to get through security," McGinnis said.
OIA is suggesting travelers arrive at the airport two hours early for domestic flights and three hours early for international flights. The airport is also urging travelers to pack their patience. It is still on heightened alert and it could take a while for people to get through the security checkpoints.
"We do believe it's going to take a little longer to get through it, but that's the price we pay for safety and security. If that's what it takes, then we're willing to pay," traveler Jason Patterson said.
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