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TPA bracing for busiest travel day of the year with record breaking passengers

Tampa International prepares for 800,000 travelers
Posted at 2:50 PM, Nov 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-29 19:16:51-05

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa International Airport is asking travelers to be courteous and arrive well ahead of time for their flights this Saturday.

Officials estimate 800,000 people will fly in and out on Saturday alone. That is 30,000 more people than their average Saturday travel numbers.

The airport is expecting to end the calendar year with a record number of passengers at more than 22 million.

“Just get here early try to relax sit down have some food and take your time,” St. Pete resident Clint Dulan, who is flying to Spain said. “I love this airport. It’s the best airport I think I’ve ever been to. It’s so easy in and out everything is wonderful.”

Airport spokesperson, Emily Nipps, says increases are due to more international traffic and growth in low cost carriers making flying more affordable to more people.

The airport is also getting ready to double curbside space, so travelers will see construction on roadways and lower speed limits.

They’re telling passengers to slow down, be careful and give yourself two hours before your flight.