Nov 17, 2023 - News

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

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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.


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.


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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