Busy travel weekend brings long lines at BNA - WKRN News 2

Busy travel weekend brings long lines at BNA

Posted: Updated: Nov 25, 2012 12:30 PM

Airports across the country, including Nashville International, are experiencing one of the busiest travel weekends of the year this Thanksgiving holiday.

Typically, the Nashville airport reports between 10,000 and 12,000 travelers a day.  BNA officials expect that number to nearly double on Sunday and Monday.

Jackson Dines and his family were traveling home to Kansas Sunday after spending four days in Music City.

Dines said it "seemed like it was going to take forever" to get through the lines at the gate even though they arrived the recommended two hours before their flight.

The biggest rush of morning came around 6:30 a.m. Sunday, but some travelers were expecting much worse.

"It wasn't as bad as I expected it, because I know today is [one of the] busiest travel days of the year," passenger Larry Easley told Nashville's News 2. "I think the airport people are handling it pretty well."

This year, fewer travelers are renting cars in Nashville and are opting to let friends or families pick them up from the airport, making the pick-up and drop-off areas of the terminal the most congested.

Some travelers even snuck into the arrival ramp for their departure drop-off, saying it was a smart move.

As for the state of Tennessee, around one million people were expected to travel at least 500 miles for the holiday by car or plane. That figure is up 2% from last year.

Statistics show that more people are traveling by car, about 90%, but it's still down from last year.

AAA says 43.6 million Americans are journeying 50 miles or more from home during Thanksgiving.

The increase in travel marks the fourth consecutive year of growth since the 25% drop in 2008.

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