Nov 17, 2023 - News

South Florida airports expect a busy Thanksgiving. Here are travel tips

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

If you're flying this Thanksgiving, here's what you need to know:

  • South Florida airports are anticipating passenger volume to increase from last year and for garages to get busy.

🛫 MIA

Miami International Airport is expecting an average of 147,000 travelers each day during the upcoming Thanksgiving travel period.

  • MIA estimates nearly 1.8 million total passengers will fly through the airport from Friday through Nov. 28, a 4.6% increase from last year.

🚝 The Concourse D Skytrain — designed to transport 9,000 passengers an hour across MIA's main concourse — remains out of service. It was shut down in September due to concrete cracking in the piers holding up the tracks.

  • In the meantime, a free trolley service is available from 7:30am–9pm, with 10 pickup spots across Concourse D.
  • Garages will be "busier than normal," an MIA spokesperson tells Axios, but he says there should be enough parking to go around between the main garages, the economy park-and-ride lot and overflow parking.
  • More tips here.

🛬 FLL

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is expecting a 10% increase in passengers for Thanksgiving week, an average of over 108,000 daily passengers.

  • Garages are likely to be sold out, an FLL spokesperson says, so they recommend getting dropped off or ride-sharing.
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