COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — This Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday travel season. Experts say travel has returned to pre-pandemic levels for the first time here in Colorado.
The few commuters KRDO spoke with on Thursday say that overall, it was a smooth day of travel.
“In the morning I thought it was going to be crazy busy, but it was great,” said commuter Gabriela Rodriguez. “We got to the parking lot, parked and were on the plane in less than an hour.”
Other passengers arriving say it was busy but still sailing smoothly.
“The flights are full, which is surprising early in the morning,” said traveler Mark Hicks. “But there are a lot of people traveling in the morning. I would have thought most people would have got here yesterday.”
According to AAA’s holiday forecast, 951,000 Coloradans are traveling for the holiday.
For travelers heading home by both air and road, AAA says the worst time to travel on Friday will be between 4 and 8 p.m. The best time is either before 11 a.m. or after 8 p.m. :00. The same goes for Saturday and Sunday.
If you have not yet booked your return journey, you should look for flights that depart early in the day and fly direct. They will eliminate the worst chances of delays and cancellations. Also, prepare for your trip in advance.
“We go through a whole checklist to make sure we have everything,” Hicks said. “My beautiful wife always makes sure we have everything covered and it usually goes without a hitch.”
Also, make sure you arrive at the airport with plenty of time to spare, two to three hours before your scheduled departure. Also, check your flight status regularly before going to the airport.
“The flight from Charlotte to Dallas was a little rainy and we were delayed a little bit and had to run to make our connection,” Hicks said. “But we made it. so here we are.”
Although many people flying on Thanksgiving had smooth experiences, the same may not be true for return travelers.
Departure and arrival delays at the Colorado Springs airport have minimal delays. The few that are present are 25 minutes or less. With one exception of an American Airlines arrival flight from Dallas Fort Worth. It was scheduled to land at 3.13pm but has now been pushed back to 4.14pm as of 12.30pm on Thursday. Click here to view real-time delays at the Colorado Springs airport.