MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – It’s been a busy vacation travel season at Memphis International Airport with traffic topping 2019 numbers.
More than 56,000 were checked last week, according to Glen Thomas, MEM’s communications director. That’s a nearly 4% increase from the same week in 2019.
“This is the week that leads to Thanksgiving trips,” Thomas explained. “So when the kids get home from school and people start their travel plans, the Thanksgiving travel season really starts on the Thursday or Friday before Thanksgiving.”
According to the AAA, nearly 55 million people traveled at least 50 miles for Thanksgiving. About 50 million drove while the rest flew.
Thomas said they expect more than 8,600 passengers on Sunday after the Thanksgiving holiday. The day is a historically high volume day.
It has been more than three months since new security control equipment was installed at MEM. Thomas said he doesn’t expect the new machines to cause any delays this holiday season.
“There was a big learning curve for our TSA reps there in learning how to operate the machines and also installing the equipment,” explained Thomas, “but that’s completed and everything is running smoothly.”
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