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Busy travel season kicks off at Tucson International Airport

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Tucson International Airport

Tucson International Airport on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. 

TUCSON (KVOA) — The first of many busy travel days was in full effect in Tucson Wednesday.

According to AAA Arizona, over 53 million people are expected to travel this Thanksgiving, four million by air and 48 million by car.

AAA said with the U.S. borders now open to international travelers, be prepared for things to be noticeably more crowded.

"Passengers flying around the holidays should expect all the flights to be basically 100% full,” said Tucson Airport Authority Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Bruce Goetz. “We’re recommending for people to get here about 90 minutes early to make sure they can comfortably get through the ticketing check-in, through security, and have plenty of time on the other side of security."

While there aren’t vaccine mandates to travel within the domestic U.S., the federal mask requirement in airports and airplanes is still in effect.

Tucson International Airport expects about 60,000 passengers to pass through over the Thanksgiving weekend.

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