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As passengers return to the air, Bradley Int'l has advice for travelers

Approximately 85,000 individuals are anticipated to depart from the airport during the holiday.

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — Thousands of people are anticipated to hit the air this upcoming holiday weekend.

Officials at Bradley International Airport said Thursday that they are anticipating travel to be near pre-pandemic levels as they prepare for Thanksgiving travelers.

The Connecticut Airport Authority said the busy travel period kicks off Sunday with the busiest departure dates expected to be Tuesday and Wednesday before the holiday.

“Approximately 85,000 individuals are anticipated to depart from the airport during this timeframe,” officials said.

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AAA has predicted that more than 2 million people will travel for this holiday.

No matter if they are arriving in Connecticut or leaving the state, officials at Bradley Airport urged people to be prepared for increased crowds that have not been seen in more than 18 months.

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They offered these five tips for travelers:

Arrive Early

Passengers are advised to arrive at the airline ticket counter at least 90 minutes prior to their flight’s departure.

Confirm Your Flight

Before arriving at the airport, confirm the flight and consider checking in ahead of time.

Plan for Parking

Visit the airport’s website ahead of your arrival for the latest information on parking availability and follow directional signage at the airport to guide you to open lots.

Bring a Face Covering with You

Wearing a face covering is required and federally mandated at airports and onboard aircraft (regardless of vaccination status).

Follow TSA Screening Guidelines

Have your credentials ready and pack properly to help speed up your screening process.

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While the State of Connecticut does not require COVID-19 testing for arriving passengers, testing remains available in the airport’s baggage claim for those wishing to get tested.

Doug Stewart is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. He can be reached at dstewart@fox61.com.

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