Flying for the holidays? Expect it to be busy

Posted at 11:44 AM, Dec 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-23 21:18:42-05

SAN DIEGO - Terminals at San Diego's airport were crowded Wednesday as travelers prepared to leave town for Christmas and New Year's, or arrived for a holiday visit to Southern California.

Around 65,000 passengers were expected to walk through the gates at Lindbergh Field Wednesday, the airport's Rebecca Bloomfield told City News Service.

"The next busiest days are going to be the Sundays after Christmas and New Year's, when everyone returns home," Bloomfield said.

She said passengers should plan to arrive earlier than usual for flights. Those who are taking gifts should leave them unwrapped, in case security personnel need to take a look, she said.

The large crowds at the airport are a sign of the times. According to Bloomfield, the passenger count this year so far at Lindbergh Field is running 7 percent ahead of last year.

The airport's automated flight status board showed a handful of delays, but nothing unusual for this time of year.