High number of travelers expected at Lindbergh Field

Travelers encouraged to arrive early

SAN DIEGO - An extremely busy travel day was expected at Lindbergh Field Wednesday, according to the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

Approximately 57,000 travelers were expected to pass through San Diego's airport on the day before Thanksgiving, according to the Authority.

Due to expected traffic volume and lines to check luggage and go through security checkpoints, airport officials advise passengers on domestic flights to arrive 90 minutes before their scheduled departures, while travelers to international destinations are urged to arrive two-and-a-half hours before departure time. Construction at Terminal 2 also could cause delays.

The SDCRAA urges passengers to know in advance what is prohibited on carry-on and checked baggage.

10News was at Lindbergh Field Wednesday as the travel season got off to a busy start way before the sun was even up.

Some families, like the Moores, had an extra reason to be thankful this year. 10News cameras caught up with Damien Moore and his wife Rachel minutes after Damien met his newborn child for the first time.

"I can't believe it; I can't believe she's here. I can't believe she's mine," Moore said.

"It was amazing," said Rachel Moore. "I couldn't wait for their first meeting."

With ticket prices going up and an economy still on the rebound, some families knew they had to plan extra early. The Ginsbergs bought their Thanksgiving tickets in July.

"We bought tickets in the past right before Thanksgiving and it definitely wasn't cheap, so I think we saved ourselves a little bit of money by purchasing early. No doubt," Steve Ginsberg said.

The airport reported that Sunday could be even busier, with 59,000 passengers expected to depart or arrive.

The passenger counts are up from recent years because airlines are offering more flights into San Diego.

AAA projects 43.6 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, which is an increase of .7 percent compared to 2011.

Holiday air travel declined slightly, while 90 percent of travelers will get to their holiday destination by automobile.

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