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Memorial Day weekend means crowded airports

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

We're just a couple of days away from the beginning of what promises to be a very busy summer travel season.

Triple-A predicts more than 37-million Americans will take trips this Memorial Day weekend the most in 10-years.

Some experts are predicting the busiest summer ever for air travel.

The Transportation Director here said they expect a busy season. If you plan to fly out of Albany, he said you need to make plans now.

Many passengers at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport have their bags packed and are ready to kick off their Memorial Day Weekend plans, like Louisiana Native, Christian Eddy who's visiting family.

"I'm currently here working for P&G at the moment. I'm flying out to Dallas for a trip with the family," said Christian Eddy, Passenger.

For many, this weekend is just the beginning of their summer travel plans. Bob Pepper from West Virginia is leaving for Japan this weekend.

"Beyond that I've got a couple of more trips later on in the year to Japan and probably going to Florida in July," said Bob Pepper, Passenger.

Airport Transportation Director David Hamilton says with so many people traveling this summer, you need to book flights early.

“You don't want to be complacent about getting on those flights. It's very good to book early, to make your reservations and get out as early as possible," said David Hamilton, Transportation Director.

He also says passengers need to arrive at the airport early.

“We just ask that passengers come out early, about an hour, hour and a half to go through the security checks. So we make sure they won't miss their flights," David Hamilton.

It's something that Eddy knows all too well and arrived nearly two hours before his flight departed today.

“Because I've missed almost a flight or so. I know it's very important to arrive on time and also get your bags checked in time," said Christian Eddy.

And others said they're not too worried about a spike in airfare prices.

“As long as the fuel prices stay relatively stable. I think it'll be ok," said Bob Pepper.

Construction on the new parking lot here at the airport is finished. It is now fully operational.

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