Nov 18, 2022 - News

How to avoid Thanksgiving travel headaches at Philadelphia airport

Flight departure displays of delayed and canceled fights at Philadelphia International Airport.

Flight departure boards at Philadelphia International Airport. Photo: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

Philadelphia International Airport is going to be stuffed as Turkey Day nears.

By the numbers: About 867,000 people are expected to pass through from today through Nov. 29, airport officials tell Axios.

  • That's a 12% jump from the same time last year.

Between the lines: The busiest travel days include the two days before Thanksgiving and the weekend following the big feast, per the airport.

Be smart: PHL spokesperson Heather Redfern shared some tips for visitors to help make their holiday travel stress-free:

  • Arrive at least 2.5 hours before your boarding time for domestic flights and 3 hours before international flights.
  • Download airline apps or sign-up for email and text alerts ahead of time so you can track your flight status.
  • There's limited space at garages and in the economy parking lot, so departing travelers are encouraged to arrange rides from family and friends, through a ride-share service or by using public transportation. If you must drive, consider parking off-site.
  • Motorists meeting passengers should wait in the Cell Phone Waiting Lot, which is about a minute away from arrivals.

Of note: For nursing moms, there are Mamava Pods throughout the airport and a new lactation station in the B/C food court.

  • Guests requiring extra help can pay a fee to book Sky Squad concierge service at least 24 hours ahead of their trips.
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