Labor Day 2022: Philadelphia International Airport bracing for busiest holiday travel since 2019

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Lines at Philadelphia International Airport from the tarmac to the ticket counter and security checkpoints are expected to be packed this holiday weekend.

Officials say they are preparing for the busiest Labor Day since 2019, with around 480,000 travelers either departing or arriving through their gates.

“I just got back from California and it was a nightmare. Traveling was really hard. So I decided not to go on vacation,” said Diane Chiappe, who landed in Philadelphia on Monday.

“I’m going to Atlanta,” said Coatsville’s Darryl Gardner.

Airport officials say the peak travel days for the bank holiday weekend this year will be Thursday, Friday and Monday.

Labor Day travelers are asked to make plans in advance to ensure the smoothest possible experience.

Here are some travel tips from airport officials:

  • Get a ride to the airport as on-site parking is limited in the garages and on the recently reopened Economy Lot.
  • You must check the weather even if it is clear here. Storms in other cities may affect flights arriving and departing from PHL.
  • You should be at the airport two and a half or three hours early as the queues are expected to be long.

It’s no longer a secret that airports and providers have been struggling with delays lately.

“We had to wait forever for our luggage and then our cab never came in Chicago. So it was really a hassle and we were like, ‘Let’s stay home for the holidays,'” Chiappe said.

But not everyone had problems.

“The service is always great, especially from this airport,” said Shondra Borges of Orlando, Florida.

The only thing travelers agreed on was the TSA pre-check, which said getting through a crowded airport is more than worth it.

“I have a TSA pre-check so it’s super easy. That’s why I’m only here 40 minutes beforehand,” said Paoli’s Abigale Heneghan.

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